Novel coronavirus information


August 2, 2021

Masks strongly recommended in UW facilities where they’re not already required (Message to UW students and personnel)

We are now strongly recommending everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or other face covering indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators and shared vehicles. We continue to monitor the situation, and we should all be prepared for the possibility that this will become a mandate if public health requires it.

July 22, 2021

UW Medicine guidance on masking (Message to UW Medicine personnel)

The University of Washington recently announced that face coverings are now optional for fully vaccinated individuals at UW campuses and facilities. For the safety of our patients, staff, students, trainees and faculty, UW Medicine employees are required to continue to mask in all patient care areas, hospitals and clinics consistent with CDC, Washington State Labor and Industries, and public health recommendations.

July 19, 2021

UW Medicine vaccination requirement update (Message to UW Medicine personnel)

For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, UW Medicine is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or claim an exemption no later than Friday, September 10. This requirement aligns with UW’s broader campus policy for faculty, other academic personnel, staff, trainees and student employees.

July 7, 2021

Changes to face coverings, vaccination requirements and other COVID-19 updates (Message to UW students and personnel)

Washington state’s continued vaccination progress resulted in the end of many coronavirus-related restrictions on June 30. Today, we are bringing the UW’s policies into alignment with these new regulations and writing to you to highlight key parts of those changes.

June 29, 2021

Masking, distancing requirements remain in effect

The University’s current masking, distancing, capacity and other requirements for Healthy Washington Phase 3 remain in effect. Masks continue to be required in all UW facilities, regardless of your vaccination status. Details can be found on the COVID-19 recovery status page.

June 24, 2021

UW international travel policies updated (Message to employees)

Since March 2020, official international travel has been restricted for the entire UW community. Going forward, international travel rules vary by traveler type and are tied to the Department of State Travel Advisory levels.

June 3, 2021

Requiring vaccinations for UW employees to protect our community (Message to employees)

To protect the health of our community, the University of Washington will require faculty and other academic personnel, staff, student employees, and trainees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by autumn quarter in order to work on our campuses or within our facilities.

May 18, 2021

Guidance on returning to campuses, mask requirement (Message to employees)

Today we’re sharing details on an important part of our return — guidance for what the “post-pandemic” workplace will be like — as well as updates on planning around additional instructional resources and mask and vaccine requirements.

May 14, 2021

Burgers & shots: Madrona Hall vaccine pop-ups May 17 and 18

The UW will hold walk-in vaccination clinics with the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine at Madrona Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18.

May 12, 2021

Safe return to campus: Presidential town hall

President Ana Mari Cauce hosted a virtual town hall on May 12 for the UW community of students, families, faculty and staff to discuss the safe return to in-person learning in the fall.

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