When the University is notified that a UW student, staff, faculty or other academic personnel tests positive for COVID-19, we take steps to prevent further transmission.
We respond to COVID-19 positive individuals within 24-72 hours of notification to EH&S. We gather information from the COVID-19 positive individual to help us understand the period of transmission and who may have been at risk for exposure. The information gathered may include, but is not limited to:
- Health status and date of onset of symptoms
- Test date
- UW locations where the individual spent at least 10 minutes while potentially infectious, up to 48 hours before symptoms began
- Activities conducted while infectious
- Face coverings and personal protective equipment worn
- Names of UW close contacts and others who may have been around the individual while infected
- Assessment of the need for additional cleaning and disinfection in accordance with the UW Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol for COVID-19
The COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team provides the individual with:
Students living in University residence halls who test positive may have additional requirements and receive assistance as needed to facilitate self-isolation and logistical support from their campus housing provider.
If requested or deemed necessary, EH&S will follow up with COVID-19 positive individuals during their self-isolation period to assess symptoms and provide additional guidance.
Read the CDC guidance Isolation and Precautions for People with COVID-19 for more information if you test positive for COVID-19.
University units are asked to refrain from requesting or requiring a doctor’s note, a negative test result or positive antibody test following COVID-19 infection per state and local public health guidelines.