One year in, vaccinations, masks and more

March 9, 2021

Reflecting on an Extraordinary Year, Looking Forward with Hope

One year ago tomorrow, March 9, Seattle University became the second school in the nation to move to virtual instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an instant our faculty heroically transitioned their courses to remote formats, our students ably adapted to the new learning environment and our staff found innovative ways to support the students and mission of our university.

From the earliest days of COVID-19 our campus community has taken the full measure of the virus. As an institution and individually, we have been diligent in following public health guidance. We’ve masked up, kept our distance, washed our hands and made too many sacrifices to count. And while we can’t let down our guard (or masks) yet, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the good work we are doing to keep one another healthy, safe and cared for. We should all be proud of this.

We currently find ourselves in a somewhat awkward phase of the pandemic. Each day seems like a battle between reasons for optimism and causes for concern. One moment, we are heartened by a recent plunge in infections or the increasing availability of vaccines; the next, we are reminded that this fragile progress could easily be reversed by the spread of new variants or diminished vigilance.

Overall, the trajectory of the virus seems to be moving in a positive direction, but one year in, we are both fatigued and restless. We yearn to be back, all of us, in our classrooms, our offices and our favorite spots on campus, teaching, learning and working with the people from whom we have been physically disconnected all these months. We dream of x-ing out of Zoom and going to visit our friends and loved ones—in person—and sharing a meal…and a hug.

Those moments cannot arrive soon enough, yet we know they are coming. Better days are ahead. So let’s take heart, double down on all those good health and safety practices that we know are working and ask for help if we need it. We are not just getting through this together; we are getting through this because we are together—a campus community that truly cares for one another.

Power of Community: Swedish Vaccine Clinic at Seattle U

As the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Seattle University’s Campion Hall wrapped up its work on Feb. 26, volunteers and patients shared their thoughts on the effort and its impact in the wider community.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated. Here in Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee last week announced a projected timeline for groups that will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in the coming weeks. To learn whether you are eligible in Washington state and sign up to be notified when it’s your turn, visit Phase Finder.

Mask Guidance

As the weather improves in the coming months and we spend more time outdoors, it is important that we continue to stay distanced and masked. Visit CDC for guidance on how to choose, wear and clean face coverings.

Other Helpful Resources

Student Support Center
Events for Students
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Dashboard
Free COVID-19 Testing Locations