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Danforth Campus Digest (August 26, 2020)

Reminder: ‘Ask the Doctors’ town hall 6 p.m. tonight

Washington University doctors will be available to answer your COVID-19 questions TONIGHT at a special  “Ask the Doctors” town hall at 6 p.m. via Zoom. You can submit questions in advance by sending an email to (Please put “Town Hall Question” in the subject line.)

Answering your questions will be Steve Lawrence, MD, MSc, FIDSA, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and assistant dean for curriculum and clinical sciences in the Office of Medical Student Education; and Cheri LeBlanc, MD, executive director, Habif Health and Wellness Center and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. More information is available here.

WashU’s testing strategy 

Science, Medicine and COVID-19 Testing

Washington University will provide free, highly accurate COVID-19 testing administered by university medical professionals to all students, faculty and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19, as well as, upon arrival, all students who will be living in Residential Life housing.

To learn more about the philosophy behind testing and watch the video, visit the COVID-19 testing page on the WashU Together website.

Welcome back, students!

Starting this week, there is a familiar and welcome sight on the Danforth Campus – students! Brown School and School of Law students who are studying in person began the fall semester on Monday; international students will begin arriving this weekend; and new first-year students will move in Sept. 4-6. Returning students will be back starting Sept. 9 for the start of the fall semester on Sept. 14.

The number of students living on campus will be considerably lower than in previous years, and most of our new student orientation events will be virtual, but we are looking forward to seeing students on campus again.

A warm welcome back to our students. We’re glad you’re here!

Making masks work for kids

Wearing masks is an important way to curb the spread of COVID-19, but it’s especially difficult to get that message across to your kids — especially toddlers, who should be wearing them if they are age two or older. Andrea Giedinghagen, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, offers some tips on how to get your kids mask-ready.

Read the article on the Human Resources website.

Creating space

Earlier this month, workers installed two large tents — like this one on the South 40 swamp — that have been erected to increase informal campus capacity for safer outdoor interactions and dining. More than 600 chairs also have been added throughout the campus to provide additional outdoor seating options. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)


Learn about the university’s response to COVID-19

The latest research and news stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the WashU community are available on The Source.

Please visit the WashU Together website for the latest updates.