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William Woods COVID-19 Updates

It is strongly recommended all students receive vaccination for COVID-19 and upload proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination(s). Please upload in PDF format.

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At William Woods University, we are committed to the health and safety of our entire campus community. With the 2020-2021 semester underway with in-person classes on campus, we are strictly abiding by all procedures and best practices as mandated by the Callaway County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All individuals testing positive for the COVID-19 virus are required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days, and may only return to in-person classes (students) or work (employees) with notification of recovery from a physician.

In addition, we are committed to transparency with regard to positive cases on campus. Please check this site for updated information about positive cases on campus, broken down by employees and students, and active and recovered cases. Be advised that due to HIPAA regulations, William Woods must protect the privacy of individuals who test positive and is therefore unable to identify persons by name. Those who may have been in close contact with an infected person can expect to be contacted by the WWU Health Services and provided with further information regarding next steps in terms of quarantine or testing.


Current COVID-19 cases on campus as of 9/15/2021:

  • Students: Total active cases: 6, Recovered: 9
  • Employees: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 7

This information is updated at least once a week.

View historic case information.
Term Total Cases
Spring 2021
(January - April, 2021)
Students: 10, Employees: 3
Fall 2020
(August - December, 2020)
Students: 24, Employees: 25

Latest Announcements and Status Updates

August, 2021

Mon 8/23/2021 8:00 AM - William Woods to team up with Westminster College, Callaway County Health Department to hold free COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Fulton, MO – In a joint effort to promote the health and safety of both campuses as well as the Fulton area, William Woods University (WWU) will be partnering with Westminster College and the Callaway County Health Department to administer two COVID-19 vaccination clinics, beginning next week.

The Moderna vaccine will be offered free of charge at both clinics, which will be open to faculty, staff, students and contractors who interact with either of the two campuses. The clinics are not open to the general public, but campus community family members eligible for the Moderna vaccine are welcome to participate. All participants, regardless of home institution, are invited to choose a date on either campus:

First dose clinics are scheduled at:

Westminster: Monday, August 30: 1-3 p.m. Westminster Historic Gymnasium

William Woods: Friday, September 10: 11-1 p.m. Helen Stephens Sports Complex Gym

Second dose clinics are scheduled at:

Westminster: Monday, September 27: 1-3 p.m. Westminster Historic Gymnasium

William Woods: Tuesday, October 12: 11-1 p.m. Helen Stephens Sports Complex Gym

Face coverings and physical distancing will be required at all clinics. Those interested in taking advantage of either clinic are asked to scheduled first dose appointments at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CAEA722A3F5C07-moderna Second dose clinics will have a different link to use, which will be made available closer to the dates of the second dose clinics.

John Fougere, Vice President of Strategic Communications

Mon 8/02/2021 11:30 AM - Message from the President, Update on Mask Requirements

Campus Community,

At this time, we must work together diligently to ensure the safety of our entire campus community. Due to a strong surge of COVID, and the Delta variant, in Missouri, the CDC recommends exercising precautionary measures, including masking. “Guidance for people fully vaccinated- wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission” (https://www.cdc.gov ). Missouri continues to be an area of high transmission.

Therefore, until further notice, all campus members and visitors--regardless of vaccination status--are required to wear masks or face coverings while inside campus buildings and vehicles. Masks must be worn in corridors and when there is the potential to encounter others. Masks are not required when you are the only person present in private offices or University vehicles. Please resume physical distancing when possible, and persist in frequent hand washing.

Know at this time, two members of our campus community recently tested positive for COVID. Those in close contact have been apprised, and appropriate action has been taken to contain potential spreading.

Though we continue gathering information on asymptomatic, vaccinated people spreading COVID unknowingly, as stated by the CDC and healthcare professionals worldwide, people who are not vaccinated are at a substantially higher risk of contracting COVID and experiencing severe symptoms, including hospitalization and death, than those who are vaccinated. I do not want that to happen to anyone in our William Woods family.

Once again, I urge you to take all precautions during this next wave of the COVID virus, seriously consider the vaccine if you remain unvaccinated, and support your colleagues and friends as we continue this journey together.

Jahnae H. Barnett, President

A list of archived announcements is also available.