Husky Coronavirus Testing Study
Starting in September, the Seattle Flu Study will help us learn more about how COVID-19 spreads in the UW community and how we can stop it. For the health and safety of the UW community, University of Washington students, faculty, and staff across all three campuses will be able to sign up online, tell us about any symptoms or potential exposures, and have an opportunity to be tested.
How to Enroll: You can enroll online using the link below. You will be asked a couple of short questions to make sure you are eligible to participate; then you will be taken to a consent form that explains more about the research. Students under the age of 18 will need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate.
Daily Check-in: Once enrolled, we ask that participants complete a daily check-in reporting symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure events. We use this check-in to prioritize testing to highest risk individuals.
Information about participating in the Husky Coronavirus Testing Study
For other common questions about this project, check out our FAQs document, linked here.
Who should enroll? To make this program effective and protect our community, it’s important that as many people as possible enroll. All UW community members, even those who are coming to campus infrequently, are strongly encouraged to enroll, including:
- Faculty and other academic personnel
Enrollment opens Thursday, Sept. 24 and testing will be available starting that day.
What happens if I sign up?
If you sign up and consent to participate in this program, you will be asked to:
- Complete a baseline questionnaire about your demographics, contact information, and housing situation (<15 min).
- You will receive an invitation to be tested soon after you enroll.
- Fill out a short daily questionnaire (< 2 min) about whether or not you feel sick, been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or attended a large gathering. Daily questionnaires extend for the during of the participation in the study (up to the full school year).
- Based on need and risk, we may ask you to be tested for COVID-19 on occasion throughout the academic year, either at an on-campus test center or by a kit that we mail to your house. This may happen when you are feeling sick or have had a high risk exposure based on your daily check in. We may also request you to get tested even when you do not feel sick to improve our understanding of how COVID-19 circulates in the community; this is called community testing
Who will be asked to complete a test? There are a few times we may ask you to be tested for COVID-19:
- At enrollment
- If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or have been to a high risk gathering.
- Through community testing. This is offered for people who live on campus or who come to campus at least twice per week.
When and where will testing take place? The majority of testing will be performed in-person at the University of Washington Seattle campus. You will be directed to the testing sites when you enroll. For a small number of individuals, including those at UW Tacoma and UW Bothell, testing will be conducted through self-test kits delivered directly to the participant.
In-person testing sites are located at the UW Club building and the ground floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library building on the Seattle campus as well as at the South Lake Union UW Medical Center.To ensure proper physical distancing, testing will be by appointment only. Special in-person testing sites may also be established during events such as housing move-in and in response to cases detected in a shared living or working space.
Additionally, if you only work or attend classes remotely, or if you have health or mobility limitations preventing you from visiting a test center, you may be offered a self-test kit to be completed at home and returned to the laboratory in the mail. UW Medicine’s clinical operations and UW athletics programs have their own testing programs, which will continue.