The figures below represent cases reported to Washburn University and are only self-reported data. Per Kansas HB 2016, the University cannot require participation. Due to the possibility that not all cases are self-reported, the information may not include all cases of COVID-19 among the Washburn community.  The Washburn University community encompasses nearly 8,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff members at four sites in Topeka.

This data will be updated on Mondays with the previous week's data. (If Monday is a holiday, data will be updated on the next business day)

Reported total new positive tests 9/6 - 9/12  4
Total new quarantined/isolated 9/6 - 9/12 15
Total clusters* 9/6 - 9/12  0

Reported total new positive tests 8/30 - 9/5 3
Total new quarantined/isolated 8/30 - 9/5 20
Total clusters* 8/30 - 9/5 0

 *Clusters are defined here as five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 originating from the same source or event.

Reported total new positive tests 8/30 - 9/5 3
Total new quarantined/isolated 8/30 - 9/5 20
Total clusters* 8/30 - 9/5 0

Reported total new positive tests 8/23 - 8/29 18
Total new quarantined/isolated 8/23 - 8/29 59
Total clusters* 8/23 - 8/29 0

Reported total new positive tests 8/16 - 8/22 7
Total new quarantined/isolated 8/16 - 8/22 26
Total clusters* 8/16 - 8/22 0

*Clusters are defined here as five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 originating from the same source or event.

Self-Reporting Exposure, Symptoms and Testing

To self-report, all campus community members should notify Washburn Student Health Services of any exposure or symptoms. You can reach them at 785.670.1470 or, or you can fill out the self-reporting form using the link below. Students living on campus will need to notify Residential Living in addition to self-reporting to Student Health Services.

Depending on the circumstances, individuals may be asked to quarantine or to self-isloate if they are exposed to the virus.

  • Quarantine is to separate people who were potentially exposed to a contagious disease to see if they start to display symptoms or become sick.
  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from others.


As part of our continuing work to create a safe and healthy campus, we will have capability for referring COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff with symptoms. The university generally will not require employees, students or visitors to undergo testing for COVID-19. To the extent possible, physical distancing, sanitization and other measures should be used to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This strategy is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Referrals for testing will be available only for diagnostic testing of individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or among asymptomatic individuals with known or suspected recent exposure to COVID-19 to control transmission. Additional testing rules are in place for those that work in a nursing home or long-term care facility or are a critical infrastructure worker, health care worker or first responder.

Currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American College Health Association and Shawnee County Health Director guidance does not recommend entry COVID-19 testing of all returning students, faculty and staff. The university is encouraging students, faculty, staff and visitors to carefully monitor symptoms and is implementing other prevention efforts.

**Symptoms or Close Contact:

At least two of the following symptoms:

  • fever (measured >100.3)
  • chills
  • rigors
  • myalgia
  • malaise
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • diarrhea
  • new olfactory and taste disorder(s)
  • cough - new, uncontrolled, (for persons with asthmatic cough or chronic allergies, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing


No alternative more likely diagnosis, OR presence of an epidemiologic linkage

Epidemiologic linkage criteria:

One of more of the following exposures in the last 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:

  • Close contact* with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 disease
  • Close contact* with a person with clinically compatible illness AND linkage to a confirmed case of COVID-19 disease
  • Travel to or residence in an area with sustained, ongoing community transmission of SARS-CoV-2
  • Member of a risk cohort as defined by public health authorities during an outbreak (ex. symptomatic residents of a nursing home where at least one laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case has been identified).

*Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for at least a period of 10 minutes or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (ex. Being coughed on).

***As of August 24, 2020, the CDC recommends that asymptomatic individuals be evaluated to determine if a test is required and are not necessarily required to be tested.

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