Both universities have determined to hold all classes and finals remotely while keeping campus offices and departments open. Employees will be able to work with their supervisors about making arrangements to work off-campus as necessary.
Both Seattle University and the University of Washington have had no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the campus community, but are avoiding in-person classes “to support public health efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region and promote social-distancing.”
Earlier on Friday, the University of Washington announced that one member of their community has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the positive test, the University Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases decided to cancel in-person classes at its Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses for the remainder of the winter quarter, ending on March 20.
All three of the Seattle universities currently plan to resume normal class operations when the spring quarter begins at the end of March.
As of Friday afternoon, Washington has 79 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus, including 11 deaths.
If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about the disease, contact the coronavirus call center at 206-477-3977.