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HCDE COVID-19 Information

This page was last updated on September 27, 2022.

This page is updated regularly with COVID-19 information most relevant to students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. Visit for the most up-to-date communications and information for the full UW community.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) maintains COVID-19 prevention policies, guidance, and resources for the UW community. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has? View the Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Flowchart (updated September 12, 2022)

Mask/Face Covering Policy

HCDE continues to follow the UW’s Face Covering Policy, which was recently updated in light of new federal, state, and county guidelines. Face coverings are strongly recommended in most indoor settings for the first two weeks of autumn quarter. Afterwards, face coverings are recommended or strongly recommended indoors based on COVID-19 Community Levels for King and Pierce Counties. Members of the HCDE community may receive an N95 masks from Jane Skau in the HCDE main office, Sieg Building 428. 


Testing remains one of our best tools for preventing the spread, so please consider signing up for the Husky Testing Program being conducted at the former UW Club. Other places to get tested are the UW Medicine and Curative sites. Rapid antigen tests are also available for pickup at several locations around campus.

Reporting a positive test result to the UW is required. If a student or personnel reports a positive test to an instructor or supervisor, instructors and supervisors instruct individuals to submit the reporting form

Health and wellbeing

Please review the Husky Health and Wellbeing webpage that provides resources about coronavirus anxiety, mental health resources for BIPOC students, and general wellness resources including recreation, medical/dental, and safety. 

Additional resources include:


UW Human Resources continues to work with on-campus and community partners to enhance caregiving supports and to inform our community about them. Visit their childcare options and resources page for more information. 

As part of Family care emergency absences, staff can use accrued sick time off for caregiving purposes resulting from the closure of a child’s school or place of care by order of a public official for any health-related reason. A school or place of care is considered closed if the physical location is closed, even if some or all instruction is provided online. 

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to HCDE Administrator Summer Dela Cruz Parks (, Office Manager Jane Skau (, or Chair Julie Kientz ( if you have any questions.