The following reflects university safety protocols effective March 7, 2022.

WashU Med continues to closely monitor COVID-19 transmission in the community and on the Medical Campus. These rules may change as disease activity changes and CDC guidelines and science advance, including potential return to more restricted guidance based on local conditions.

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Use of the daily screening tool is recommended but no longer required.

  • Continue to stay home when sick and call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 for guidance. 
  • Individual units can continue to use the symptoms screener as desired for activities.

Masking

COVID-19 mitigation strategies are changing across the country, in the St. Louis region, and on the Medical Campus. When making decisions about masking requirements, WashU Med considers guidance from public health authorities and our own data. At this time, masking is strongly encouraged in most non-clinical areas, even though it remains optional. Masking continues to be mandatory in all clinical and public settings, where patients or visitors might be encountered. 

As we move forward, it will be more important than ever to stay home if you’re sick. If you have even mild symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus. Call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 to seek guidance and testing. If you test negative and are cleared to return to work, wear a mask until your symptoms resolve.

Where to wear a mask

Indoors

Masks continue to be required in all clinical spaces and in places where patients or patient visitors may be present including public spaces within clinical facilities, links between hospitals, and lobbies, elevators and waiting rooms in hospitals and clinics.

Masks are strongly encouraged but not required in non-clinical spaces, except as noted above. Individuals should mask any time they have personal concerns, including but not limited to crowding, personal increased risk, or increased risk to loved ones or colleagues.

Outdoors

Masks are encouraged outdoors in crowded spaces but are not required. 

Clinical care

Clinical staff should follow current PPE guidelines, posted on the Faculty Practice Plan website.

Campus shuttles

Masks are required on campus shuttles.

Metro Transit

While Metro Transit encourages masking, masks are now optional and are no longer required when riding on Metro Transit or at MetroLink stations and Metro Transit Centers. Passengers and team members continue to have the option to wear masks and face coverings while on the transit system.


Events & meetings

Use the largest available space for large gatherings and avoid crowding especially for any activities that are required by work. There are no limits on gathering sizes or provision of food.

  • Social events: In-person social events or parties on the Medical Campus and university-sponsored social events off campus are allowed.
  • Business meetings: In-person business meetings may continue.

General hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.

Enforcement

These public health policies will be strictly enforced. Violations may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal.