COVID Weekly Updates

COVID Updates from Previous Weeks

For the week of October 18:

For the week of October 11:

  • Information has been added to the Health and Safety page about what the notification process looks like when a student or employee tests positive.
  • Information has been added to the Classes and Academics page about classroom exposure notices and illness in classes.
  • Information has been added to Western's guidance for visitors on campus page to help university employees know what to look for when checking proof of vaccination and negative tests.
  • Additional clarification has been added to Western's guidance for visitors on campus. Individuals accessing services at campus clinical settings are not considered sponsored visitors, and do not need to provide proof of vaccination/negative test result. 
  • Additional clarification has been added to Western's masking guidance for residence halls.

For the week of October 4:

  • Additional clarification has been added to Western's masking guidance for residence halls: 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.
  • Beginning October 4, students and instructors will receive notice to their Western email if there has been a positive case in one of their in-person classes, within 24 hours of Western being notified of the case. Buildings where positive cases have been on-campus will be  posted online within 24 hours as well for the Western community to view. 
  • Suppliers, vendors, and contractors working on-site at any WWU facility must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an approved exemption no later than by October 18. For more information, please see Information for Contractors.
  • Beginning October 18, sponsored Western visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to be on campus. For more information, please see Requirements for Visiting WWU.

For the week of September 27:

Week of September 20, 2021

  • Beginning October 18, sponsored Western visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to be on campus. 
  • The Student Health Center will be offering free J&J vaccines to Western students and employees every Thursday. Students can make an appointment in their MyWestern Health Portal and employees can call the SHC at 360-650-3400 to make an appointment. 
  • The recording of the September 9 Fall Opening Q&A is now available.

Week of September 13, 2021

  • The recording of last week's Fall Opening Q&A will be posted online by the end of this week
  • Most campus buildings are now open to their pre-pandemic hours
    • Buildings such as Wilson Library/Haggard Hall, Viking Union, and others follow a different schedule. Please check their respective websites for operational hours