In consultation with medical and safety professionals at UW Environmental Health & Safety, UW Medicine Allergy & Infectious Diseases, and San Juan County Health and Community Services, we have established a COVID-19 Prevention Plan for FHL. The goal of this plan is to minimize the risk of disease introduction to and transmission within the FHL and greater island community, while still allowing research collaborations, courses and, as of summer 2021, visiting groups at the labs. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to view the full plan.
Update June 2021: The original FHL COVID-19 Prevention Plan has been revised, with certain restrictions loosened. Most importantly, the new plan eliminates 1) the pod system and 2) quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. The rules and procedures on these pages have been updated to reflect the revised plan.
*Note that ALL visitors are still required to submit pre-arrival test results.*
KEY RULES & PROCEDURES
The Prevention Plan is a lot to wade through, so we’ve pulled out key rules and procedures to follow Before & Upon Arrival and During Your Stay. Please refer to the full plan (link below) to view detailed protocols for everything from using shared equipment to participating in field trips, and contact FHL Operations Manager Bernadette Holthuis if you have any questions.
PLAN AHEAD FOR COVID PROCEDURES
When considering your visit to FHL, make sure you’ve read carefully through the key rules and procedures. Plan ahead for them, especially for the pre-arrival COVID-19 test and, if you are not vaccinated, the quarantine requirements that start two weeks before you arrive. Note that of you are not vaccinated, you may need to schedule extra time for your visit, as you will not be able to access shared FHL spaces or equipment during an initial quarantine period at FHL of 7-14 days.
SO FAR, FHL HAS REMAINED COVID-FREE!
Since June 2020, FHL has been running in-person courses, apprenticeships, and an REU program in addition to hosting independent researchers and scholars. As of early June 2021, we have had no known cases of COVID-19. We credit this success largely to our visitors following the rules and procedures in our Prevention Plan. We are thankful to everyone for doing their part to keep the Labs and island community COVID-free!