FHL is located on an island only accessible by vessel or plane. Thanks in part to early, proactive county regulations designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 introduction from the mainland, the island has experienced a very low incidence of the disease. Thus the elements of the FHL plan that are arguably the most critical to its success are those aimed at incoming visitors: a combination of self-quarantine and viral testing before and after arrival designed to catch cases before they get to the island or if they do get here, before they spread.

Before Arrival

  1. Unless you are a student taking an FHL course: Sign the FHL COVID-19 Prevention Agreement Form and email the signed copy to Stephanie Zamora. Course students do not need to fill out this form; they must instead submit an online Student Confirmation and Agreement Form when confirming their attendance.
  2. Lab Researchers: Also sign and date the FHL Researcher Agreement Form and email to Stephanie; this form covers “normal” requirements that apply during non-pandemic as well as pandemic times.
  3. For 14 days before departure, please self-quarantine as much as possible, staying at home except for trips needed for essential services.
  4. Before departure, obtain a COVID-19 viral test. If results at your location are reliably being reported within a day or two, have the test done within three days (72 hours) of departure; if results are taking longer, have the test done as near to your departure date as possible while still being sure you will have results before you leave.
  5. Email documentation (may be a screenshot) of your test results to Stephanie Zamora.  The documentation must include your name, the sample date, and the test results. If results are positive, discuss cancellation or postponement of your visit with Stephanie.
  6. Before departure, monitor yourself and household members for symptoms of illness. You must cancel or postpone your visit to FHL if anyone is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • A new fever (100.4 F or higher) or a sense of having a fever
    • A new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • A new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New muscle pain that cannot be attributed to another health condition or to a specific activity, such as physical exercise
    • New gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose, that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • New loss of taste or smell that cannot be attributed to another health condition
    • A new headache that cannot be attributed to another health condition or emotional reason
  7. If you plan to get the recommended post-arrival COVID-19 test to shorten your quarantine period at FHL, order a kit from Pixel by LabCorps (see details on our page on viral testing options). If you’d like, you may order the kit sent to FHL in your name, and we will hold it for you.
  8. To minimize the need for shopping while here, especially during quarantine, pack as many supplies (toiletries, nonperishable foods, etc.) as you can take with you.  We also recommend you pack a personal thermometer.

Upon Arrival

You are under quarantine for your first 14 days at FHL or until you present the negative results of a viral test performed at least three days after you’ve arrived on island. Post-arrival testing is not required but is strongly recommended; it will likely shorten your quarantine period, typically from two weeks down to one.

TESTING (recommended)

If you do not test, you will be in quarantine for your first 14 days at FHL.

  1. Plan to take your sample on a weekday morning at least 72 hours after arriving at FHL.
  2. A day or more ahead of time, email Peggy in the Stockroom to let her know that you will need a FedEx pickup on the day you take your sample; Peggy will make arrangements with FedEx Express to pick up your completed test kit to be flown off island.
  3. After you take your sample and pack it up following the instructions that came with the kit, drop off the envelope outside the stockroom before noon.
  4. When you receive the results of your test, send the email documentation (may be a screenshot) to Stephanie Zamora.  The documentation must include your name, the sample date, and the test results. If results are negative, you are out of quarantine; if positive, contact Bernadette immediately to make arrangements for isolation.


  • Go to town only for groceries, toiletries, and medications; the three retail establishments allowed are King’s, Marketplace, and Friday Harbor Drug.
  • Make any visit to town as short as possible.
  • Other than essential town visits, limit trips off campus to outdoor excursions; during these trips, maintain distance from island residents.
  • Face coverings are always required in indoor spaces other than your housing unit, and outdoors unless you are alone.
  • If you are sharing a housing unit with someone other than a family member who traveled to FHL with you, wear a face covering except when you are in your own bedroom, eating/drinking, or taking a shower.
  • At all times, maintain at least six feet distance from all persons, including podmates.
  • THE ONLY FHL BUILDINGS YOU MAY ENTER ARE YOUR HOUSING UNIT AND THE BUILDING WITH YOUR PERSONALLY ASSIGNED LAB OR STUDY SPACE, IF YOU HAVE ONE. DO NOT ENTER ANY OTHER FHL INDOOR SPACES, including common bathrooms, the entire Fernald top floor, Lecture Hall, Commons, Computer Building, Stockroom, Student Shop, Whiteley Center central area, and common lab spaces; this means no use of shared equipment such as CT scanner, confocal microscope, TEM/SEM scopes, and flumes.
  • If you have an assigned lab space or Whiteley study space, limit yourself in the building to that space and the route necessary to access the space.
  • Do not enter the Stockroom to retrieve packages; all parcels from USPS, UPS, and FedEx will be placed on a table outside the Stockroom entrance, and remain available there Mon-Fri, 8-5. If a package arrives for you, Peggy will let you know by email.
  • If you need an item from the Stockroom, call Peggy Combs during work hours (206-616-0697; Mon-Fri, 8-5) for assistance.
  • Use only the bathroom in your housing unit.
  • Only ride in vehicles, rowboats, and motorboats with members of your own pod.
  • Whenever you receive an email link for a Daily Attestation Survey, please clink on the link and submit the survey that morning.
  • You are responsible for your family members, course students, and research assistants knowing and abiding by the rules in the Prevention Plan.
  • You and your pod members are collectively responsible for maintaining the integrity of your pod and monitoring each other to make sure everyone is following the rules about distancing between pods.
  • Support and encourage others in the FHL community in following the Prevention Plan rules. If you observe someone putting the safety or well-being of others at risk, notify the FHL Director or Operations Manager.

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