COVID-19 Guidance for a Safe Return to In-Person Research
With a decrease in COVID-19 case counts, on May 13, 2021 Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the state will lift most of its coronavirus restrictions on June 30, or possibly sooner if we reach vaccination goals.
President Cauce’s recent message of June 3, 2021, states that the UW 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. This is consistent with our requirement that students be vaccinated and follows the release of new workplace requirements from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Similar to the student requirement, employees will be allowed to seek exemptions for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.
UW’s existing face-covering policy and distancing requirements will remain in effect until at least June 30. EH&S guidance states that regardless of your vaccination status, when you are at a UW campus or facility, continue to wear a mask indoors when other people are present, when you are in common areas, and outdoors when you can’t maintain a six-foot distance from others.
What does this mean for in-person research?
Researchers will not see much of a change from how research is conducted prior to this recent release by Governor Inslee. Please continue to follow these requirements:
- Follow your unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan
- If you are carrying out fieldwork, follow your unit’s, UW Fieldwork Health and Safety Plan (COVID-19 Prevention
- Understand and follow restrictions on human subjects research, fieldwork (COVID-19 Quarantine and Testing Risk Framework for Fieldwork), and research requiring travel.
- Understand and follow any guidance from relevant entities outside the UW (e.g., UNOLS and country-specific guidance).
- If you have COVID-19 related-symptoms:
- Consult the UW’s Novel coronavirus & COVID-19: facts and resources, as it contains important information for everyone in the UW community.
- For current information about vaccinations for the UW community, visit UW vaccine information.
- Remember that whether vaccinated or not, you do not need to wear a mask outdoors if you can maintain a six-foot distance from others.
What does this mean if you are fully vaccinated?
(Fully vaccinated is two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series e.g., Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine e.g., Johnson & Johnson.)
- You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine before or after travel if you are fully vaccinated unless required by your end destination. The exception is if you are returning from international travel, in which case you should get tested three to five days after returning. Any time you travel, you should carefully monitor your symptoms through day 14 after you return. If you must travel, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for fully vaccinated people:
- You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 unless you develop symptoms.
- For more details, see the Guidance for UW personnel who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
What does this mean if you are NOT vaccinated?
- You will need to get tested or self-quarantine before or after travel. You should carefully monitor your symptoms through day 14 after you return.
- With international travel, you should get tested 3-5 days after returning. You should carefully monitor your symptoms through day 14 after you return.
- You should get tested or self-quarantine if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- You may not ask anyone if they have been vaccinated, but you can offer to share your status.
- If you park on campus as part of your fieldwork travel plan, all UW parking regulations and fees are enforced.
- Specific COVID-19 safety protocols may change as we move forward or backward through the Washington State-designated Recovery Phases. Until all restrictions are lifted, please adhere to the current phase’s restrictions, and stay safe.