UW employee tests positive for COVID-19, all classes to be held online starting Monday

SEATTLE, Wash. — The University of Washington will hold all classes online starting Monday, March 9 as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact Seattle.

A staff member who works in Roosevelt Commons East has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, according to the school’s website.

Classes and finals for the approximately 50,000 students will be completed online for the remainder of the quarter. Campuses will remain open for those who rely on services, including hospitals and clinics, dining services, residence halls and reacreation and athletics facilities. Husky athletics events will also proceed as scheduled.

The university said it plans to resume normal class operations when the spring quarter begins on March 30, pending public health guidance.

UW is the first university to suspend all in-person classes, but universities across the country have mobilized emergency plans amid the outbreak.

Several Seattle companies, including Facebook, Amazon and the City of Seattle, have asked employees to work from home until the situation stabilizes.

There are 70 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state, with 51 of those cases reported in King County. There have been confirmed cases in Snohomish County and Grant County, as well. Eleven people in King County have died from the virus. The next update is expected from the state health department at 11 a.m.

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