Latest Information on COVID-19

Spring 2022

Read President Byrd's most recent message to the community

Spring Quarter   

Testing

Starting April 4th – those with an accommodation (exemption) must continue to test weekly but will no longer be required to fill out a weekly attestation. Students/employees with accommodations must be prepared to submit test results upon request.  

Mask Policy

Starting May 9th Bastyr will be removing the on-campus mask requirement in classrooms and common areas

  • The following areas below still require masks: 
    • Surgical masks (or N95/KN95) will be required in lab spaces.  
    • N95/KN95 masks will also be required in clinical settings.   

We recognize that this new masking policy is a significant change and is a transition that may feel abrupt or unsettling to some members of our community, especially those who remain vulnerable to the virus. Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks indoors or outdoors on campus, and we welcome their decision to do so. We need to honor their choices and demonstrate empathy, professionalism, and respect for one another. Thank you all for continuing to respect the mask choice of your colleagues and peers as we continue to move through the pandemic. 

**In the event state/federal mask guidelines change, Bastyr will re-evaluate our masking guidelines  

Click here to read full Covid-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedures

Resources

If you are a faculty or staff member with further questions, please reach out to Human Resources or if you are a student, please submit your questions to Susan Weider.

Travel Policy

The travel policy varies for domestic or international travel, and on the basis of vaccination status.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated* Travelers

Individuals who are Fully Vaccinated* are no longer required to quarantine for 10-days after out-of-state travel. It is still recommended ALL individuals follow the steps listed below to protect others. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation and transportation hubs such as airplanes and train stations avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not traveling with you wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel and isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms follow all state and local recommendations and requirements.

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated Travelers

Travelers are advised to delay travel until Fully Vaccinated*. Travelers not fully vaccinated*, who must travel out-of-state, are required to get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Self-quarantine for a full 10 days if you do not get tested. Students and faculty who have received an accommodation for traveling from out-of-state to attend classes or clinic rotations in Washington or California must also follow the considering of their accommodation and quarantine for 7 days after arrival and prior to the scheduled class or clinic rotation.

To help protect yourself and others, the following is recommended:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth while traveling on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and train stations
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is not traveling with you
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14-days after travel
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements
  • DO NOT TRAVEL if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Don't travel with someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19.

International Travel Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated* Travelers

Before you travel:

  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the current COVID-19 situation in your destination.

During traveling:

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Follow all recommendations and requirements at your destination, including mask wearing and social distancing

Before you arrive in the United States

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.\
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

International Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated Travelers

Travelers are advised to delay travel until fully vaccinated*. Travelers not fully vaccinated*, who must travel out-of-state, are required to quarantine for 10-days after date of return.

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination’s requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
  • Check the COVID-19 situation in your destination.

While you are traveling:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 10 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
  • Visit your state, territorial, tribal, and local external icon health department’s website to look for the latest information on where to get tested.

Covid-19 Vaccination Eligibility and Access

It has been announced in both Washington State and California that individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning on Thursday, April 15, 2021. 

Both states have been following a tiered eligibility system beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death in order to balance federal guidance with the unique needs of each state.  It is currently unclear how this eligibility changes the distribution of the vaccines or how quickly individuals can become vaccinated. 

  • Washington:  Individuals interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine can locate appointments using the Washington Department of Health Vaccinate WA website: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/
  • California: California Department of Health MyTurn website:  https://myturn.ca.gov/
  • Seattle/King County:  Individuals who reside or work in Seattle or King County (WA) may pre-register to receive a vaccination at one of the City-affiliated vaccination clinics here: City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccination Notification List
  • City of Seattle - affiliated vaccination clinics:
    • The Lumen Field Event Center (330 S Royal Brougham Way, Seattle, WA 98134)
    • North Seattle College Community Vaccination Hub (9600 College Way N, Seattle, WA 98103)
    • Rainier Beach Community Vaccination Hub (8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118)
    • West Seattle Community Vaccination Hub (2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126)

Additional information about the COVID-19 Vaccine can be found at

Your personal actions create an impact on others.  We should continue doing everything possible to keep cases down and following those measures that have been put in place over the past year, including the wearing of face coverings, distancing, and basic hygiene - even after receiving vaccinations.

We appreciate all that you are doing to keep your community safe, and thank you for considering others as you make plans and continue to help in ensuring the safety and health of those around you.

Should I Self-Quarantine

 

Information on how to decide whether to self-quarantine

Below is further information on how you, as an individual, should deal with your own decisions around self-quarantine. The response to COVID-19 is somewhat dependent on your individual circumstances. Below we are offering, based on CDC and public health agency advisement, a plan that addresses when and how to apply self-quarantine.

These directives apply to students, faculty, and staff at BU Kenmore, BU California and all clinics.

 

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 - symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath:

You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must stay away from campus/clinic for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours whichever is longer.

 

You have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. You must stay away from campus/clinic until you have been symptom-free and fever-free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours.

 

You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms:

Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or shortness of breath). You must stay away from campus/clinic for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.

 

The above information is a distillation of a longer set of recommendations from King County Public Health. The full set of information can be found HERE.

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