UW News

March 6, 2020

Press conference: University of Washington’s response to COVID-19


The University of Washington held a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 to address the decision to move classes online in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, and address the recent announcement of a UW staff member who received a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19.

Panelists (from left to right): Denzil Suite, Vice President for Student Life; Ana Mari Cauce, UW President; Dr. Geoffrey S. Gottlieb, Interim Chair, UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases

The UW announced Friday that starting Monday, March 9, classes will no longer meet in person. For the remainder of the quarter, instructors have been asked to conduct classes and/or exams remotely, as possible, until the quarter concludes on March 20. Final exams will not be conducted in person, but may be conducted online when feasible, and at the instructor’s discretion.

More information on the plan for online classes can be found here.

The UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) also announced today that a University of Washington staff member who works in the Roosevelt Commons East building has received a presumptive positive test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The employee is in self-isolation at home. Out of an abundance of caution, the building, which is located west of the UW’s Seattle campus in the 4300 block of 11th Ave. NE, has been closed for appropriate cleaning until further notice.

More information on the presumptive case can be found here.