Updated: May 29, 2020 at 9:41 a.m.

King and Pierce counties are currently in Phase 1 of the state’s Safe Start plan.
The University of Washington is also at Phase 1. Learn more.

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Staying safe as we plan for the future

We can save lives and stop COVID-19 if each of us does our part. The University of Washington is following physical distancing directives from state and local governments as part of the collective effort to combat this disease.

Two task forces are developing plans for how we can safely return to in-person learning and for how more employees can safely return to in-person work once public health guidelines allow it. At this time, only employees designated as critical can be working in-person and only at the direction of their supervisor. EH&S maintains health and safety guidance for UW employees supporting critical operations.

If you are sick, you must stay home and if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or if your health provider confirms or suspects COVID-19, please notify the UW Environmental Health & Safety Employee Health Center. This will enable them to uphold their public health responsibility to follow up with people who may be at risk. EH&S can also help facilitate COVID-19 testing for UW employees. UW Medicine employees should contact their Employee Health Services office. Additional details and contact information are on the FAQ page.

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Back to School

The UW is planning to be back this fall for in-person instruction and expects to provide specific details in late June to early July.

Sven Haakanson, a curator of Native American anthropology at the Burke Museum, works with artifacts at a lab bench.

Back to the Workplace

Learn more about the task force working on how to safely bring more employees back to the UW’s campuses.

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Read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the UW’s response.

Stay Healthy, Huskies

Stay Healthy, Huskies

Find resources including posters, signage and graphics that you can use to support the fight against COVID-19.


A compilation of resources for students, faculty and staff seeking help in areas including academics, finances, health and wellness, and combating stigma.