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Novel Coronavirus Update to Residents

As the situation regarding the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus continues to develop in the Seattle area, UW Housing & Food Services (HFS) wants to assure you we are well prepared to respond appropriately to mitigate its effects, with the priority of protecting the health and wellbeing of our residents.

The University’s Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) is monitoring the outbreak in coordination with state and local health departments. HFS participates in University-wide planning and we are following the recommendations of the ACCD and the Seattle & King County Public Health Department related to the outbreak.

HFS has robust emergency planning and activation processes to deal with disease outbreaks and already put those into action in January when two residents were tested for coronavirus infection – both of whom were subsequently confirmed to not have the coronavirus.

As part of our emergency plans, we have protocols in place to adjust our response if the situation escalates, such as modified dining operations, supporting residents who are feeling ill, and accommodating residents with unique housing needs stemming from travel restrictions. Based on the plan, we have already implemented enhanced facility cleaning efforts.

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including updated travel notices for countries with community transmission.

For coronavirus-related information and ongoing updates, go to the University’s Coronavirus FAQ. These are important links and you should consider temporarily bookmarking them.

Please carefully review any coronavirus-related communications you receive from the University. HFS will also update you with new developments or changes specific to housing and dining that are brought about by the outbreak.