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How can I stay safe at Thanksgiving?

The safest way to stay safe is to celebrate only with those with whom you live. If you decide to celebrate with others, there are a couple of things you can do to improve your safety.

See Thanksgiving safety FAQ

What should I do if I’m having symptoms or think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you test positive, are presumed positive or believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must report this information as follows:

All Danforth Campus students (on- or off-campus, undergraduate, graduate or professional)
Habif Health and Wellness Center, 314-935-6666 or COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056

Faculty and staff
COVID Call Center, 314-362-5056

Once notified of a positive case, Habif or Occupational Health will:

  • Provide guidance regarding testing, contact tracing, and any other steps you may be required to take. 
  • Communicate with the appropriate local health department.
  • Notify individuals in the university community identified as a close contact of the individual and advise them of next steps, including any required preventive measures such as testing or quarantine.
  • Contact your supervisor or dean to advise on any necessary follow-up within your school or department.
  • Advise and coordinate enhanced cleaning and disinfection of affected areas, if necessary.
Are face masks required outdoors?

Masks must be worn when outside on campus unless you are able to keep at least 6 feet between you and other people you do not live with.  For example, if you are walking on a busy sidewalk where you cannot separate from others by 6 feet, you must wear your mask.

Is testing for COVID-19 available on campus? Is it required of everyone?

We provided free, highly accurate COVID-19 testing administered by university medical professionals for all Danforth Campus students at the start of the fall semester (entry testing). After this initial round of testing at the start of the semester, all undergraduate students living in the St. Louis region are required to complete a university-provided COVID-19 test every two weeks for the duration of the fall semester. In addition, we will provide testing for all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time during the fall semester.

Visit the COVID-19 testing page for more information.

Recent Communications

Financial update

As you are aware, we have had to make some difficult decisions since this spring in response to COVID-19, many of which have had a direct impact on our faculty and staff. These steps were taken based on the information we had at the time, and now that we’re getting a clearer picture of our financial situation, we are cautiously optimistic that our outlook is improving.

Reminder about Thanksgiving Travel

For those of you who are on campus or in St. Louis, we strongly recommend you to stay here and spend the Thanksgiving holiday with us. Limiting travel outside of the region is an important way to keep our community safe and reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-19.

See all updates

Danforth Campus Digest

Get the latest news and information for the Danforth Campus.

Important Numbers

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have questions about your health, please call the numbers below for guidance and to learn about convenient options for testing.


Habif Health and Wellness Center


COVID Call Center

Faculty and staff

COVID Call Center

COVID-19 Info Line

Out of Area:

School of Medicine

Visit the central COVID-19 resource for WashU Med faculty, students, trainees and staff.

St. Louis Community Updates

WashU joins the St. Louis community as we fight the COVID-19 virus to reduce its impact on the region. Read more on the Government & Community Relations website.