Dear Students,

Please see important guidance below for attending to your health over the Thanksgiving break.

If you test positive for COVID-19 over Thanksgiving break

  • Please isolate in your bedroom. Do not invite guests into your space or have visitors.
  • Use a bathroom separate from the one used by your roommates or family members. If you cannot use a separate bathroom, wear a mask when using the bathroom and wipe down the spaces with a bleach cleaner after use.
  • Ask for meal delivery support from your friends or housemates if you live off-campus. Please avoid preparing food in a shared kitchen space. Order groceries for delivery, order food from local restaurants or have a friend visit the campus food pantry on campus at the Student Diversity Center for sundries. They’ll need their Logger card to access the building.
  • Have a Zoom session with family and friends to celebrate the holiday - tell your grandparent you are doing all you can to keep them safe!
  • Inform close contacts that you tested positive and follow public health guidance. Those in close contact (defined as those who spend 15 minutes together over a 24-hour period) with someone who tests positive should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last contact. This means staying in your room, wearing a mask in common spaces in your residence, and avoiding public spaces for 14 days.
  • Please leave a message for Danielle Bus, the CHWS public health nurse, to report your positive case. She can be reached at 253.879.2796.

If you have immediate medical needs or want advice

  • MultiCare Urgent Line for students with COVID-19 symptoms: 253.792.6100
  • MultiCare Consulting Nurse Line: 253.792.6411
  • Seek emergency care if needed.
  • Students living on campus can call Security Services, 253.879.3111 for support to access a local hospital.

Your efforts to stay safe and isolated or in self-quarantine are effective ways to slow the spread of the virus. This is a challenging time, yet we know our students are taking this pandemic seriously and doing all they can to protect those around them.


Libby Baldwin, ARNP
Associate Director/Medical Coordinator