Novel coronavirus information

2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) testing

UW community members with presumptive positive and/or confirmed positive test results by campus, as of April 1, 2020:

Campus Students Faculty & other
academic personnel
Staff Total
Bothell campus 0 0 1 1
Seattle campus 20 4 17 41
Tacoma campus 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 20 4 17 42


These figures are based on cases reported to UW Environmental Health & Safety and verified by a public health agency and/or UW Medicine. Count excludes UW Medicine employees, as well as persons not affiliated with the UW. Due to the increase in the number of locations administering COVID-19 tests, many tests that come back negative are not reported to the Environmental Health & Safety Department. Therefore, an accurate count of total tests of campus community members is not available.

Positive tests are confirmed by the Washington State Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Presumptive positive” refers to a positive test that has yet to be confirmed by one of these agencies. Due to current testing capacity limitations, confirmations by WA DoH or the CDC may be delayed.

When an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19, UW Environmental Health & Safety determines who they may have had close contact with and guidance is provided directly to those individuals. Community transmission of the COVID-19 virus continues to increase locally, in our region and in the United States. Social distancing is vital to slowing this outbreak – don’t gather in groups and maintain 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.

Visit the Washington State Department of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak page to view test results by county and statewide.

Information on positive tests

April 1: Four positive tests

  • A Seattle campus employee passed away on March 31, and subsequently a COVID-19 test came back as positive. The employee’s last day on campus was March 20. Our sincere condolences to their family and loved ones.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 22, and is recovering at home. The employee’s last day on campus was March 18.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 21 and is recovering at home. The employee’s last day on campus was March 15.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 28 and is recovering at home. The employee’s last day on campus was March 27.

March 31: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus faculty member developed symptoms on March 11. Their last day on campus was March 10.

March 29: Three positive tests

  • A Seattle campus graduate student developed symptoms on March 24. The student’s last day on campus was March 6.
  • A Seattle campus student developed symptoms on March 11 and has not been on campus since December 2019. The student is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 25 and is recovering at home.

March 27: Two positive tests

  • A Seattle campus faculty member developed symptoms on March 17. The person’s last day on campus was March 10.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 24. The employee’s last day on campus was March 20.

March 26: Two positive tests

  • A Bothell campus employee developed symptoms on March 23. The employee’s last day on campus was March 17.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 19. The employee’s last day on campus was March 18.

March 25: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus student developed symptoms on March 14 and is recovering at home.

March 24: Four positive tests

  • A Seattle campus employee who developed symptoms on March 4 and is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee who developed symptoms on March 19 and whose last day on campus was March 11.
  • A Seattle campus student who developed symptoms on March 15 and is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee who has not been on campus since February 27 and is recovering at home.

March 23: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus employee who developed symptoms on March 7 and is recovering at home.

March 22: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus employee, last on campus on March 11 and 12, developed symptoms on March 13 and is recovering at home.

March 21: One positive test

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  • A Seattle campus student who developed symptoms on March 11 and is recovering at home out of state.

March 20: Two positive tests

  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 14 and is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee developed symptoms on March 10 and is recovering at home.

March 19: Five positive tests

  • A Seattle campus student who developed symptoms on March 4 and has not been on campus or in close contact with UW community members since that time. The student is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee who has not been on campus or had contact with UW community members since before symptoms began on 3/14. The employee is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus student who developed symptoms on March 10 and has not been on campus since March 6. The student is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus student who developed symptoms on March 9 and has not been on campus since March 5. The student is recovering at home.
  • A Seattle campus student who has not been on campus or had contact with UW community members since developing symptoms on March 9. The student is recovering at home.

March 18: Six positive tests

  • A Seattle campus student who was last in class on March 5 and last on campus March 9. She developed symptoms on March 12 and was tested on March 13. The student is recovering at home out of state.
  • A Seattle campus student who was last on campus February 8 and developed symptoms on March 12.
  • A Seattle campus student who was last in class on March 5 and developed symptoms on March 10. The student is self-isolating in their residence hall.
  • A Seattle campus student who was last in class on March 2 and developed symptoms on March 11, at which point they began staying home. The student was tested on March 16 and results received on March 18.
  • A Seattle campus student who was last on campus March 5 and developed symptoms on March 12. The student is recovering at home.
  • A long-time UW faculty member on the Seattle campus who was ill and hospitalized with COVID-19. The faculty member passed away on March 17. Our hearts go out to their family and loved ones.

March 17: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus faculty member, who was last on campus Friday, March 13, developed symptoms on Saturday, March 14, and was tested over the weekend. As a precaution, the areas that the faculty member spent time in on March 13 will be cleaned and disinfected, which include an office and a conference room.

March 15: Five positive tests

  • A Seattle campus student employee who last came to work on February 27. The student has not been on campus since developing symptoms on March 1.
  • The student’s roommate, also a UW student on the Seattle campus, who also has not been on campus since developing symptoms.
  • A Seattle campus student who traveled out of state notified the University they had tested positive after arriving to their destination.
  • A Seattle campus graduate student, last on campus March 4, who stayed at home after developing symptoms on March 9. Two roommates of this student are also experiencing symptoms and are also saying at home.
  • A Seattle campus employee reported symptoms last week and is staying at home. The employee has not been on campus since developing symptoms.

March 13: One positive test

  • A Seattle campus resident from Lander Hall tested positive on March 12. The apartment, rooms and common areas of Lander Hall, and other limited areas that the student had been in on campus since showing symptoms on March 11, were cleaned and disinfected in accordance with public health recommendations.

March 12: One positive test

  • A UW Seattle campus graduate student tested positive on March 11. The student was last on campus on March 6. The student lived in the Mercer Court campus housing. The apartment, rooms and common areas of Mercer Court and other buildings that the student had been in on campus were cleaned and disinfected per public health guidance.

March 6: First presumed positive test

  • A UW staff member who works in Roosevelt Commons East received a presumptive positive test. Out of an abundance of caution, the building was closed for appropriate cleaning.