Test Reporting

What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 test

Western employees are required to report positive COVID-19 tests, or possible COVID-19 exposure, even if they currently have no symptoms. Reporting possible infection or exposure helps the University to keep everyone safe, and your personal information will be protected. Western's process for positive tests and possible exposures is below.


If you have a known or possible infection, start by notifying your supervisor and emailing HR.COVID.Assistance@wwu.edu. Please note: your personal information is protected and not released to the public.


Human Resources will contact you to gather information from the COVID-19 positive individual using CDC's contract tracing guidelines to help us understand the period of transmission and who may have been at risk for exposure. This may include:

  • Your health status and the date of onset of symptoms (or date of test)
  • WWU locations where you were present for at least 10 minutes while having symptoms and up to 48 hours before symptoms began (or, if asymptomatic, up to 48 hours before the date of test and any time after being tested)
  • Activities conducted while infectious
  • Face coverages and personal protective equipment worn
  • Names of WWU close contacts and others who may have been around you


Human Resources will provide you with guidance on self-isolation and precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19, as well as send you written information on benefits and leaves available and FMLA eligibility.  Human Resources will also notify appropriate department employees.


Human Resources will send you information from the Washington Department of Health regarding what to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.


Human Resources will send information to Whatcom County Health Department.