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.
News & Announcements
New testing procedures, beginning Sept. 20
Effective Monday, Sept. 20, students with symptoms of COVID-19 will have access to PCR testing at their discretion. Tests may be picked up and returned to Counseling, Health and Wellness Services (CHWS), with results usually available within 24–36 hours. Faculty and staff seeking symptomatic testing should contact their health care providers and can access free public testing sites. A list of testing sites in Pierce County is available on the county’s website.
Randomized Asymptomatic Testing
Beginning Monday, Oct. 4, CHWS will begin testing 10% of our campus community every week, and tracking positivity rates on the COVID-19 dashboard. You will be notified via email when you are selected for randomized testing.
More information about gateway testing following fall, Thanksgiving, and winter break, and antigen test kits available in the Logger Store is in the full announcement.
Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
If you are having COVID-like symptoms that are not attributed to a known condition, even if you are fully vaccinated, you should quarantine away from others (stay home, wear a mask, and do not attend work or class) until COVID-19 infection has been ruled out.
For more information and answers to other common questions, such as "How do I rule out COVID-19?" and "What do I do if I've been exposed to COVID-19?" visit our FAQ page.
In-person event requirements, effective Sept. 7
As we expand in-person activities on campus and open activities to our neighbors and guests, we must maintain our vigilance with appropriate health and safety protocols, including:
- On-campus outdoor gatherings of 250 or fewer are allowed. Masks may be required.
- Indoor gatherings are allowed up to 75% of the normal space capacity.
- Gatherings must:
- Prioritize attendance of Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff over other potential attendees when applying capacity limitations.
- Communicate to external community members that public attendance is only available to those who are fully vaccinated (meaning at this time that children under 12 are not able to attend) and require an RSVP in advance.
- Not involve high-aerosolization activities (such as singing, certain musical instruments, and rigorous activities), without advance consultation with Environmental Health and Safety and advance approval by the provost or applicable vice president.
- Comply with university health and safety measures in effect at the time, including mask requirements.
- Limit food and beverage service.
COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocols
Students: Testing once or twice weekly is mandatory for unvaccinated students, depending on on-campus residency and in-person activities.
Wear a mask.
Indoor masks required. Masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. This includes in meeting rooms, classrooms, and public areas.
Keep your distance.
Social distancing is encouraged for unvaccinated members of our community. As always, vaccinated or not, 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.
- All unvaccinated 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.
- COVID-19 FAQ
- Work on Campus Plan for faculty and staff
- Isolation Student Handbook
- Quarantine Student Handbook
- COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines & Procedures
- Internal messages, town halls, and open office sessions for faculty and staff (university login credentials required)
- Coronavirus Wellness Resources for faculty and staff
- Coronavirus scams