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 who will be at a UW campus or facility, especially those who will be there at least once a week, are strongly encouraged to enroll, including:

  • Students
  • Faculty and other academic personnel
  • Staff

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 research, you will be asked to:

  • Complete a baseline questionnaire about your demographics, contact information, and housing situation.
  • You may be asked to visit a test center on-site to be tested as soon as you enroll.
  • Fill out a short daily questionnaire (< 2 min) about whether or not you feel sick or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 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 would happen if you are feeling sick. We may also request you to get tested even when you do not feel sick to detect COVID-19 in people without symptoms and to improve our understanding of how COVID-19 circulates in the community.

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 living on campus, in Greek life, or with many other people.
  • If you are feeling sick or have been exposed (testing will be based on the daily capacity of our personnel, supplies, and laboratory).
  • Each week, we will be selecting a random sample of approximately 1,000 participants and requesting that they be tested for COVID-19, regardless of if they have any symptoms.

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, test kits will be mailed directly to you. Enrollment opens Thursday, Sept. 24 and testing will be available starting that day.

In-person testing sites will be located at the UW Club building and the ground floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library building on the Seattle campus. To ensure proper physical distancing, testing will be by appointment only

Testing for UW Bothell, UW Tacoma and South Lake Union will be conducted through self-test kits delivered to participants. An in-person site at South Lake Union will be set up in the future, and 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 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.

If you have additional questions about the study or your involvement, please send us an email at huskytest@uw.edu or call us at (206) 616-2414.