Public health updates and reminders ahead of fall semester
As we prepare to come together to start the 2022–23 academic year, here are important COVID-19 safety and campus arrival procedures, information related to monkeypox, and general communicable disease prevention guidance:
- COVID-19 Campus Arrival Procedures
- Test before you depart for campus; if you test positive, stay home and complete your isolation period.
- Take a saliva test within five days of arriving on campus, and test again one week later.
- Test kits will be distributed to students living on campus during residence hall check-in and key pickup. Students living off campus should pick up test kits outside Wheelock 208.
- Pooled results are available withing 24 to 48 hours.
- If you stayed on campus this summer, start saliva testing the week of Aug. 22, and test again one week later.
- Monkeypox Update
- At this time, we are following guidance and case numbers provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD), Washington Department of Health, and CDC.
- On campus, we're preparing in a multitude of ways, including offering disease prevention education, designating isolation space, collaborating with TPCHD on safety and response protocols, and more. Read the full campus message for more information.
- Communicable Disease Outbreak Prevention
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Wear a mask. Masks are not currently required on campus, but are recommended and can reduce exposure to viruses, such as cold, flu, COVID-19, and monkeypox.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Learn about COVID-19 and monkeypox risks and prevention strategies.