Reporting requirements

Reporting requirements


University personnel, students and units are required to report the following to the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team, regardless of vaccination status:

  • COVID-19 positive test result; includes all personnel and students who test positive for COVID-19, and those whose healthcare provider has suspected COVID-19 infection (whether or not they are experiencing symptoms)
  • Close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period (even if both people were wearing face coverings), living with or caring for a person who has COVID-19, or having direct contact with infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, or sharing utensils). 

Contact the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team in the UW Environmental Health & Safety Department at or 206.616.3344.

View the COVID-19 Public Health Requirements and Guidance Flowchart for information on when to report COVID-19 illness and close contact exposure, when to get tested for COVID-19, and when to stay home.

All reports of positive test results among UW personnel and students to the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team are reported on the University’s COVID-19 Case Tracking Dashboard page. The identity and personal information of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 is protected and not released to the public.

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you are sick with any potential illness, you must stay home, regardless of your vaccination status.

COVID-19’s most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you're symptomatic, take the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Get tested and stay home until you receive your test result.
    • Husky Coronavirus Testing participants: Report your symptoms in the daily survey to receive testing instructions. You will hear from the UW COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team if you test positive.
    • If you are not enrolled in Husky Coronavirus Testing, you can still sign up for testing through the program, or access testing through public testing sites, pharmacies, or potentially your health care provider. To protect the health of other people, do NOT visit a doctor’s office, urgent care clinic or other health facility without notifying them that you may have COVID-19.
  • If you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, immediately notify the UW COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team at or 206.616.3344.
  • Follow public health guidelines to help you recover and protect loved ones from getting sick. Stay home, stay masked and stay 6 feet away from other people and pets whenever possible. For more about the steps you'll need to take, see the “Who should I notify and what should I do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?” section below.
  • If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result but still feel ill or have symptoms, stay home — away from work, class, and all campus activities and locations, except to get time-sensitive health care service — until your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free (without using fever-reducing medications) for 24 hours.


Managing Non-Compliance

Managers and academic personnel must instruct symptomatic employees and students to stay home until symptoms resolve regardless of vaccination status and illness. Non-compliance must be reported to HR (for employees) and to the student conduct office (for students). All confirmed and suspected positive cases of COVID-19 must immediately be reported to UW COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team at or 206.616.3344.

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