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Department of German Studies COVID-19 Prevention Plan

The following resources may be helpful for UW German Studies students, faculty, and staff:

Vaccination:
All personnel and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved by the University. Those with approved exemptions are required to get tested for COVID-19 on a regular basis in addition to following other additional safety requirements. Visit the UW COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement webpage for more information. 

Procedures for Sick and Symptomatic Personnel:
Units are required to take measures to prevent sick personnel from entering the worksite, and reporting suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases and close contacts to EH&S. Individuals are required to self-monitor daily for symptoms and stay home or go home if they are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19 infection. If you are sick, you must stay home and away from other people, even if you are vaccinated and/or have mild symptoms. Get tested for COVID-19 and notify the COVID-19 Response and Prevention Team as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 at covidhc@uw.edu or 206.616.3344. It is also important to report close contact with individuals who have COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status. Close contact means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period (even if both individuals were wearing face coverings), living with or caring for a person who has COVID-19, or having direct contact with infectious secretions. The exposed individual must follow the quarantine requirements outlined in the FAQ "I may have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?"

Hygiene:
Good hygiene is another key measure for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Soap and sanitizer are available in the main office. Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with others, even if you are vaccinated. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and immediately dispose of the used tissue. 

Clean Surfaces:
University units are required to clean (and disinfect as needed) their worksite surfaces regularly in accordance with the University's COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol. Cleaning supplies and appropriate PPE are available in the main office. Clean work areas regularly, with shared spaces cleaned and disinfected daily, between uses, and when visibly unclean. 

Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
All individuals at a University location, including faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors must adhere to the UW COVID-19 Face Covering Policy. Face coverings are required to be worn at the University of Washington, regardless of vaccination status, whenever indoors in the presence of other people, in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles; at any outdoor in-person event hosted or sponsored by the University or conducted on University of Washington premises with 500 or more people in attendance. Visit the Face Coverings Requirements webpage for more information.  Members of the public, customers, visitors, vendors, and contractors at a University location are required to follow the University's COVID-19 Face Covering Policy at all times when on campus, including posted requirements in specific buildings or spaces. 

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