Coronavirus Response Updates

CORONAVIRUS RESPOSE UPDATES FOR RESIDENTS

Updated January 2021


Communication

UWB Housing & Residential Life is closely following all King County Public Health recommendations for student housing as well as UW’s Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) guidance related to COVID-19 response.  For complete and up to date university information, please visit UW Coronavirus Response website.

TO OUR RESIDENTS

During your time living in student housing you can expect that your health and safety is our top priority.

  • Posters and display boards will be used to display information on physical distancing, hygiene practices, and other safety information.
  • Housing & Residential Life staff will communicate updates regularly via email to all-residents throughout the summer and academic year.
  • Additional education regarding protocols and actions to create a safe and comfortable living environment. 

FAMILY AND GUARDIANS

Sending your student off to live on-campus during these challenging times can be stressful. We want to ensure you that providing your student with a comfortable and safe living environment is our top priority. We have protocols in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and procedures you can trust. 

We will be sending communications regularly to your student via email while we navigate through our adjusted situation and we encourage you to ask your student share these with you.

This webpage will be updated regularly with new information and changes as the situation continues to evolve, so check back regularly.

COMMUNICATON SENT TO CURRENT & INCOMING RESIDENTS

We will be positing our communication sent to all of our current and incoming students over UW email in our Coronavirus Communications webpage.

COMMUNICATION SENT TO THE UW BOTHELL COMMUNITY

These are communications that have been released to students from the university

Cleaning and Service

HOW WE CLEAN

  • Custodial staff do daily cleaning of the Husky Village Community Center in addition to staff wiping down high touchpoints throughout the days of operation. 
  • Due to the nature of our individual apartments, Residents are responsible to clean their own in-unit bathrooms, kitchens, and other living spaces.
    • While residents are encouraged to bring their own cleaning supplies, supplies are available in the Husky Village Community Center.
    • Additional educational material regarding safe cleaning practices will be provided.
    • Here is our Cleaning Instructions for Residents as a resource they can use when cleaning their unit.
  • Appropriate cleaning protocols are in place to respond to a positive COVID-19 case with utilization of UWB Facilities and coordinated vendors to respond as necessary. 
  • Husky Village Community Center will have continually replenished hand sanitizer dispensers.

Physical Distancing and Masks

PHYSICAL DISTANCING MEASURES

  • Group gatherings, events, and programs have been moved to a virtual format and will be limited per current UW and state restrictions.
  • Husky Village Community Center furniture has been removed and reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Residential programs and services will be revised to support no-contact delivery or appropriate physical distancing in lines. For example:
    • Wearing a mask 
    • Maintaining 6’ distance
    • Installing plexi-glass sneeze guard at the front desk
    • Educating students on hygiene and unit cleanliness
    • Limiting visitors
    • Increased cleaning of common areas and high touch surfaces

Testing, Tracing and Quarantine

RAPID COVID-19 TESTING

The Husky Coronavirus Testing program is powered by the Seattle Flu Study. Enrollment in the voluntary testing program began in Sept. 24 and is encouraged for all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus regularly or living in group housing in nearby neighborhoods during the fall quarter. Testing will be provided at no cost at designated testing sites on the Seattle campus, and with self-administered tests provided at the Bothell and Tacoma campuses. The COVID-19 testing will be performed by the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, which runs the Seattle Flu Study.

Review the Husky Coronavirus Testing site for more information.

If you have questions, please review our testing FAQ. You can also email huskytest@uw.edu or call (206) 616-2414.

COVID-19 CASE INVESTIGATION AND TRACING

UW Enviromental Health & Safety (EH&S), in coordination with local and state public health agencies, responds to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UW community and takes action to prevent further transmission.

The public health response activities include a case interview, risk assessment, providing guidance for self-isolation, notifications to those impacted and contact tracing.

The University’s response protocol is described on the COVID-19 Case Response page, which covers reporting requirements, case investigation, notifying close contacts, and evaluation of spaces for additional cleaning and disinfection.

Contact the EH&S COVID-19 Response Team with questions at covidehc@uw.edu or 206.616-3344.

You can also read more on how contact tracing works at the UW and as well as COVID-19 UW Case Tracking Dashboard here

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

  • We have 10 empty units designated as isolation spaces for confirmed cases.
  • The majority of close contacts needing quarantine will be able to remain in place based on housing configurations.  If unable to quarantine in place, quarantine space is available as follows:
    • Offline units
    • Working with local hotels in the area for temporary stays
  • Students have the option for grocery delivery directly to their unit. Instructions are below or click here
  • Residential Life staff are trained and equipped for COVID-19 case management in support of EH&S.
  • Residential Life will have “isolation kits” available for sick residents that contain a thermometer, mask, gloves, and sanitizer. 

Housing Occupancy Adjustments

DE-DENIFYING UNITS

Our housing strategy aligns with the UW Back to School plan, the State of Washington Safe Start Plan, and guidance from UW Environmental Health & Safety, the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, and university leadership. It is in alignment with Public Health – Seattle & King County Guidance for Student Housing at Higher Education Institutions and the State of Washington Campus Reopening Guide

The plan also relies upon guidance and collaboration from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, American College Health Association, King County COVID-19 Response for Higher Education Institutions housing subgroup, and the Pac-12 senior housing officer group.

The primary recommended mitigation per these resources is de-densification of housing. The following housing de-densification measures will be put in place:

  • We will range from occupancy within apartments from 2-4 students, but no more than 2 people per bedroom in a shared apartment.
    • Our 4 person units specifically have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
  • We will be eliminating triple bed options for the meantime. Students living in triple bed options will be charged the double rate. If we are permitted to increase density for winter quarter or spring quarter, students in double-occupancy rooms could receive a third roommate if they are in a unit that was designed to be a triple. The student will then be charged the triple rate. 
  • This may result in a significant waitlist, based on current applications.

For the duration of their cohabitation, roommates are considered household members from a public health perspective.

Residential Life & Residents Currently Living with Us

Our Residential Life team will work hard to give you the best possible residential activities experience, while respecting physical distancing and other precautions designed to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

There will be fun and innovative ways for you to connect with your fellow residents and staff, brought to you by your Resident Advisors and the Resident Directors. More information regarding leadership and connection opportunities will be provided. 

HUSKY PACK PLEDGE & HUSKY VILLAGE PLEDGE

Developed with student leaders, the Husky PACK Pledge outlines the responsibilities Huskies have to protect themselves and each other. We ask you to read it carefully and commit yourself to upholding its values. 

Healthy Husky Village Pledge: Being a part of the UWB community means that we care about our fellow Huskies and our collective wellbeing. We all have responsibility to work toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community healthy. When living in Husky Village, all members of the community will be expected to take the following actions.

Download and print the pledge to post in your living space:

Husky PACK Pledge (PDF Version) (Web Version)
Husky Village Pledge (PDF Version)

HUSKY VILLAGE LIMITED SERVICES/OPERATION HOURS

  • Husky Village Communtiy Center Front Desk Hours of Operations:
    • Winter Quarter hours of operations are 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
    • Closed on Sundays.
    • Additionally, we ask that you help us maintain 6 feet of physical distance between you and our staff.
  • Residential Life will continue to be on site and provide on call services via the RA on Duty phone 24/7.
  • Campus Safety will continue to provide service on campus.
  • Work orders will still be received, but only critical issues will be addressed. If you have a critical need in your apartment, please call the 24/7 RA on Duty line provided to residents.

GROCERY & FOOD DELIVERY

A number of deliveries have come directly to HVCC due to missing unit information and the residents not answering their phone.  For grocery and food delivery, we recommend you have deliveries come directly to your unit. Perishables will not be accepted in the front desk.

In order to ensure that you get your food and groceries, you MUST:

  • Have them delivered DIRECTLY to your unit. 
  • Including your building and unit number on the order.
  • Include a contact phone number that you will answer.

In order to protect your privacy, Residential Life cannot provide resident information at any time.  If you do not provide the unit information and do not answer your phone, they will have to cancel your delivery. 

Husky Village

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GUEST

Residential guests will be restricted dependent on the recommendations for the Safe Start King County. Residents will be notified of any and all updates regarding guests. 

EXPRESS CHECKOUT PROCESS

On the date you decide to check out of your unit you will: 

1. Get an "Express Check Out Envelope" from the HVCC drop box to the left of the HVCC front doors.

  • When you are ready to completely vacate your unit:
    • Packed up and remove all belongings from your unit including your room, bathroom, and any/all shared spaces. All of the belongings in your unit must be removed or you will be charged for their removal.
    • Clean all spaces in your unit that were assigned to you and any/all shared spaces. Your unit must be completely clean and left the way you found it or you will be charged for additional cleaning.
    • Fill out the form on the front of the express check out envelope and indicate any damage or conditions of the room not noted in your move-in RCR.

2. Lock your unit and come to HVCC 

  • Place all of your keys (unit and mail box) into the envelope 
  • Seal the envelope
  • Slide the entire packet into the HVCC exterior drop box to the left of the HVCC front doors. Be sure to push the packet all the way into the slot.

Expect a confirmation of your check-out to your UW email within 5 business days.

If you have any questions about this process when you are checking out, please call the RA on Duty at (206) 245-5536 

Questions

We know you may have other questions about your housing agreement and what Housing and Residential Life is doing for students who are concerned about their on-campus housing. As we move forward, please direct questions you may have to uwbhousing@uw.edu. Our team is working hard to track questions and will respond to emails in a timely fashion.

Please take care and stay well.

UW Bothell Housing & Residential Life