COVID Recovery Status

Weekly COVID Updates

For the week of November 29:

  • No recent updates

Previous updates can be found on the COVID Weekly Update page.

If You Feel Sick

Please do not come to campus if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or feeling sick. You should contact a health care provider about your symptoms before coming to campus.

Students can utilize the Student Health Center by calling 360-650-3400 to make a virtual appointment, or to speak to a nurse. Additionally, students are responsible for contacting faculty if they are unable to attend in-person classes. Student employees are also responsible for notifying their supervisor, if applicable. 

Employees should contact their primary care provider to discuss their symptoms. Additionally, employees are responsible for contacting their supervisor if they are unable to attend in-person work. 

Additional information about what to do if you're feeling sick is available on the Whatcom County Health Department website.

 

COVID Safety Practices at Western

Western has the following COVID policies and procedures in place at this time:

Masks

Western’s mask policy states that all individuals must wear a mask or other suitable face covering indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas. This includes spaces such as classrooms, labs, shared offices, lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and shared vehicles. It also includes individuals in their office if the door is open. Additionally, individuals who are attending virtual classes/meetings/events from a public space on campus must remain masked. 

People may unmask temporarily if actively eating or drinking. 

Masks are also encouraged in crowded, outdoor areas, and required for outdoor events with over 500 attendees.

Masking in on-campus housing: Masks must be worn in all indoor public and common areas. This includes spaces such as: lounges, kitchens, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators and lobbies. Students do not have to wear a mask in their suite, room, or apartment. This is the only exception to the policy.

To learn more about masks, such as what types of masks will offer you protection, view the CDC masking website.

If you do not have a mask with you when you come to campus, single-use masks are available at the main entrance of all academic and University Residences buildings.

Vaccinations

Western is requiring vaccinations for all students, employees, contractors, and in-person volunteers. 

To learn more about the vaccine mandate, including allowable exemptions, please reference our Vaccine Information page, or the following pages:

Visitors on Campus

Visitors are allowed on Western's campuses. All visitors on Western's campuses must follow current masking requirements and any health/safety signage posted. 

Our institution hosts many formal visitors. These could include (but are not limited to) community members participating in campus events or programs and extended visits to individuals who live on campus. We are referring to these individuals as “sponsored” visitors.

To “sponsor” a visitor, a university employee or registered volunteer will need to verify vaccination status or a negative test within 72 hours of the arrival of the sponsored visitor. There may be campus programs or activities that require full vaccination from non-WWU individuals in order to participate. It is important to note that those we pay for a service are considered contractors and have a different process to follow.

The process for verifying vaccination status or a negative test should be dependent on the event or program. In every situation, the verification process should be clearly communicated to potential attendees prior to the event or program as well as having signage at the entrance to the program. Western’s COVID Support Team is available for consultation on the process to be used.

For additional information, please view Requirements for Visiting WWU.

Questions?

Send your questions about fall COVID policies and procedures to covidsupport@wwu.edu.

Western's COVID Dashboard

Western has transitioned from daily dashboard updates to a weekly report on Mondays. Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new format.

This dashboard will update weekly on Mondays. Campus buildings with confirmed positive cases will continue to update daily.

You can view COVID data dashboards for local, county, state, and national sources at the following sites:

Data for November 22 to November 28

Cumulative Positive Cases

Two bar graphs: the first shows 8 students and 1 employee tested positive last week, and the second shows a running total of 129 positive students and 11 positive employees for the academic year.

This section reflects all positive cases that Western has been made aware of through the Student Health Center or Human Resources last week, as well as a running total for the academic year. This includes results of tests that were not conducted on-campus.

On-Campus Testing

Two pie graphs: The first indicates that 585 tests were given to students last week on campus, with 6 positive tests, for a positivity rate of 1.0%. The second indicates that 7,679 tests have been given this academic year on campus, with 112 positive cases, for a positivity rate of 1.5%.

This section reflects only testing done through the Student Health Center’s on-campus testing program for students for the previous week and a running total for the academic year. The percentage under each pie chart is the percentage of positive tests for that data set. 

Positive Cases Per Week

A bar graph indicates positive cases per week for both employees and students. The most recent week indicates 8 cases for students, and 1 case for employees.

This section shows the number of positive cases identified each week for students and employees. This includes results of tests that were not conducted on-campus.

Vaccination Rates

Two pie graphs: The first indicates that 95.4% of students are fully vaccinated, and the second indicates that 97.2% of employees are fully vaccinated.

The percentage of vaccinated students is based on Fall 2021 enrollment of 15,028 students. This includes students at all campus locations and online-only students. 

The percentage of vaccinated employees is based on current employment numbers, which may vary over time. Western currently employs approximately 2,400 people.  

Class Modality

A pie graph indicates that 60% of Western’s classes have some form of face-to-face instruction while 40% are through remote delivery.

This section shows the percent of courses fall quarter that are listed as being fully remote or having some level of in-person instruction (hybrid or fully in-person).

As of November 29, 92% of winter quarter courses are scheduled to have some level of in-person instruction.

Keep track of the latest developments

Western is sending out regular updates through its Western Alert system. Families may opt in to Western Alerts.

Regular updates are also posted here and on Western Today's news page

If you aren't already signed up for Family Connection, click here to sign up for the monthly e-newsletter for WWU families.

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Learn to be well at Western and wash your hands.

Help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – the time it takes to sing the happy birthday song twice.

No access to soap and water? Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) Until you can wash up.

Viruses don't discriminate and neither should we.

It is vital that we support each other and act as a community, avoiding acts of discrimination and bias, and showing compassion for those affected by this disease.

Sabah Randhawa
President

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as being one source for information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak, and to answer the most common questions about how coronavirus might impact campus operations.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.