William Woods COVID-19 Updates
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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 11/17/2021:
- Students: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 20
- Employees: Total active cases: 0, Recovered: 10
This information is updated at least once a week.
View historic case information.
(January - April, 2021)
|Students: 10, Employees: 3|
(August - December, 2020)
|Students: 24, Employees: 25|
Latest Announcements and Status Updates
Thu 10/21/2021 9:10 AM - Message from the President, William Woods University Masking Policy Update
William Woods Community,
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our campus has been something that all members of our community, including students, faculty and staff, should take great pride in. The hard work, adaptability to change and willingness to abide by necessary health and safety guidelines by everyone has been pivotal to our success in maintaining a campus experience as close to normal as possible during the past year and a half.
After careful consideration of our continued low COVID-19 positivity rate, and based on a strict adherence to scientific guidance, we have decided to remove on-campus masking requirements for all vaccinated members of our campus community, effective immediately. We will continue to recommend mask wearing continue in any area where social distancing is not possible. As previously, faculty and staff may require everyone to wear a mask when in their classrooms or offices if they determine that a requirement is warranted in such a circumstance.
Our quarantine policies will remain unchanged. Fully vaccinated individuals who are deemed direct contacts to others who have tested positive will be asked to mask up when unable to physically distance; following a negative test on the fifth day after exposure, they will be released from modified quarantine. Unvaccinated persons who are in direct contact of an infected individual must remain in full quarantine for 14 days.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to closely monitor the health of our campus community and make additional adjustments to our policies if conditions require them.
In partnership with faculty, staff and students, the administration here at William Woods has done a tremendous job of leading our response to the extraordinary challenges of the past year and a half while doing everything possible to keep the members of our campus community safe. This commitment will never waver, and I am proud to now be a part of that leadership team.
Dr. Jeremy Moreland
A list of archived announcements is also available.