Important Testing Information before, during and after academic breaks

Last updated
November 17, 2020 - 2:00 pm


As you prepare for Thanksgiving and Winter Break, we want to make sure you include important information about COVID-19 testing into your plan.

Please note: we strongly encourage you to incorporate Washington State guidelines and restrictions, Whatcom County COVID-19 information, and any guidelines or restrictions at your permanent address before you finalize your Thanksgiving and Winter Break plans.

Before Winter Break

The Student Health Center (SHC) will continue COVID-19 testing in Fraser Hall through December 10, 2020. All residents remaining on campus for part or all of the break are required to get tested every two weeks until December 10, 2020.

We know you may elect to remain at your permanent address after the Thanksgiving holiday. You must notify your RA/AA at your mandatory floor/stack meeting that you will not be on campus between Thanksgiving and Dec. 10, if you plan to return home. If you miss this meeting, you can complete the form here.

Please note: if your individual plans change and you return to campus at any time during the last two weeks of the quarter (Nov. 29 – Dec. 10) you must schedule your COVID-19 test at Fraser Hall. Simply login to MyWesternHealth and make your online appointment.

During Winter Break

We encourage residents going home for winter break to get tested at their permanent residence. To find testing locations near you visit

If you remain on campus for part or all of winter break, we strongly encourage getting tested through Whatcom County:

Please note: Testing is highly encouraged during break but not required and will not be tracked by University Residences or the Student Health Center. 

Winter Quarter Arrival COVID-19 Test

All residents are required to arrange for a COVID-19 test immediately upon returning. If no appointments are available, please schedule a test for the following day.

The Student Health Center will test every day at Fraser Hall, including weekends, from Jan. 4 – 14 to increase safety for our on-campus community. While the Student Health Center is closed over break, residents will receive an email as soon as they are able to schedule their Winter Quarter Arrival COVID-19 Test.

Please note: if you do not leave for winter break, you are required to schedule COVID-19 test for Jan. 4, when the Fraser Hall testing facility opens. If there is no appointment available for Jan. 4, schedule your appointment for the next available date.

If you have any questions about testing procedures, please email


Thank you,