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Changes to surveillance testing

Dear Danforth Campus students,

Given the sustained, concerning levels of transmission of COVID-19 we are seeing among Danforth Campus students, we have decided to make some changes to our surveillance testing program. 

Starting Monday, walk-in testing will be available to any Washington University student who is concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. This testing, which will be provided at no cost, will be available in the Mudd Field tent from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 8 to 11:40 a.m. on Fridays. with the latest appointment available at 2:30 p.m) Capacity may be limited, depending on demand, but we will do our best to accommodate all students who come in for testing.

Surveillance testing of all undergraduate students will continue to be required every other week. Undergraduates should still make their regular appointments through the scheduling website.

We are taking this step in an effort to encourage you to be proactive if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19. With the rising numbers we are currently experiencing on campus, it is extremely important for the safety of our community that we address any potential exposures as quickly as possible. As I mentioned in my message to you last week, we are in a dire situation right now, and if our numbers do not improve, many of the things we all have worked so hard for are at risk. These include the steps we’ve taken to begin reopening campus, in-person meetings, spring varsity athletic activities, and even our plans for an in-person Commencement. Please follow all of our public health guidelines – wear a mask, practice physical distancing, avoid unmasked gatherings of any kind, and cooperate with our contact tracers if they call. This is more important now than ever.

As always, please contact Habif Health and Wellness at 314-935-6666 if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Do not wait for your next surveillance testing appointment and do not visit walk-in testing at the tent if you are having symptoms. Habif will arrange testing for you at Umrath Lounge.

Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe. We’re halfway through the spring semester and together, I know we can finish strong.


Rob Wild
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs