With the expiration of the federal Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023, University of Puget Sound has modified our COVID-19 policies effective as of May 22, 2023.
All campus members are highly encouraged to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 and other vaccinations. The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for incoming and current students, staff, and faculty. This change follows guidance from the federal and state government and aligns with other institutions of higher education in our region.
Positive Cases & Contact Tracing
Contact tracing will no longer be performed and notifications of close contact/exposure will not be sent for workplace or classroom exposures.
If you test positive for COVID-19:
All campus members:
Follow CDC guidance regarding isolation, masking, and return to in-person activities on campus.
- Notify close contacts.
During the summer:
- Utilize the 24/7 Nurseline (253.792.6411) or contact your primary healthcare provider for isolation guidance or symptom management
During the regular academic year:
- Contact CHWS for isolation guidance, symptom management, and/or an appointment with a healthcare provider
Faculty and staff:
For isolation guidance or symptom management, employees on the Premera health plan can utilize the Premera NurseLine 24/7 1-800-841-8343 or contact their health care provider
For students who test positive and reside on campus, isolation support and guidance will be available through CHWS and ResEx.
CHWS will continue to provide COVID-19 testing to students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms if clinically indicated. The cost of the test(s) and any exam fees will be billed to the student account. Please note that CHWS is closed for medical appointments from May 15 - August 25, 2023 and during winter break.
Masking is encouraged when community rates of respiratory illness are high. Individuals who are sick or who have been exposed to COVID-19 should wear a mask. All campus members should be prepared to provide their own masks as needed for the situations described.
To view the data about positive cases on campus between Fall 2020 and Spring 2023, see the links below.