University Response to COVID-19

Loggers care about the community and each other. By following these required safety protocols, we are all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.


Throughout April and May, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) will provide a series of mass vaccination events for members of the campus community. 

Upcoming Vaccination Events for students, faculty, and staff

Wednesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 20
Upper Marshall Hall
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
These clinics will offer both the first and second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (appointment required by May 9), as well as the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  • NEW: Clinics both days are open to community members. 
  • Moderna vaccinations are available by appointment only. Request a first-dose appointment by May 9 by emailing dbus@pugetsound.eduNo appointments are necessary for the Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.
  • Check in at least five minutes prior to your appointment. You must present your Puget Sound ID.
  • Plan to stay at the vaccination site for 15–30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. 

Key steps for finishing the semester

Get tested.

Students: Testing twice a week is mandatory for all students living both on and off campus in the Tacoma area.
Faculty and staff members: Frequency of testing (once or twice a week) depends on the amount of time spent on campus and the nature of your work.

Learn more about spring COVID-19 testing

Wear a mask.

Masks are required indoors and out by everyone learning, living, or working on campus, including visitors. (Bandanas and vented face masks do not meet this requirement.) 

Keep your distance. 

Stay at least 6 feet apart from others when possible. Avoid gathering in groups greater than five people, and avoid gathering or conducting activities on pedestrian walkways, near build entrances and exits, and other easily congested areas. If you feel sick, stay home.

Wash your hands frequently.

Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to hum the alma mater). You also can use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Disinfect objects and surfaces.

Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces and frequently touched objects like doorknobs and phones. 

Have a (meal) plan.

All campus dining locations are open. Pick up grab-and-go options when possible and order ahead via the GET Mobile app to help reduce congestion at dining venues. Avoid sharing food and dining items with others. 

Be stingy with your stuff.

Avoid sharing items or setting down your items in common areas, such as bathrooms. Use a tote to carry your items. If you need to share something, clean and disinfect it first. 

Additional Precautions

  • All students, faculty, and staff must complete their daily self-screenings on myPugetSound
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing is conducted for all high-touch surfaces, and physical barriers, such as plastic screens are installed between bathroom sinks, work stations, reception desks, and other high-contact areas. GPS auto cleaning systems have been installed on the air-handling systems in Wheelock Student Center and in high-traffic buildings on campus to improve air quality and eliminate airborne pathogens.
  • Campus buildings are closed to the public and locked. Your Logger Card will open buildings to which you have access. 
  • We are making efforts to greatly reduce the number of people on campus. Keep campus visitors to a minimum. View COVID-19 visitor guidelines and procedures.