September 28, 2020

Play it safe for your fellow Warriors

With fall classes in full swing and more people on campus, everyone is reminded to take a few additional steps before coming to campus to help protect the health and safety of themselves and the Wayne State community. Below are some frequently asked questions:

Can I continue to work from home?

Yes. If it is possible for you to work effectively from home, please continue to do so.

What steps must I take before coming to campus?

  1. Speak to your supervisor and obtain their approval before returning to campus.
  2. Complete the Warrior Safe training modules: The online Warrior Safe training provides an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.   
  3. Fill out the Campus Daily Screener: Beginning two days (48 hours) before coming to campus and every day afterward, fill out the Campus Daily Screener — available on the Wayne State website and on the Wayne State mobile app. This applies to all course-related experiences, including clinical or field experiences that might be conducted at another site.  
    1. If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a bar code that you may be asked to produce.  
    2. If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening.  You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing. 

Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

Yes. Wear a cloth face covering at all times in all public spaces on campus, whether you’re inside or outside. Employees can contact their college or department’s business affairs officer for information about getting their free WSU branded masks. If you do not know your college or department’s business affairs officer, contact Ken Doherty at

Can I get a COVID-19 test?

Yes. The Campus Health Center is offering free COVID-19 testing. The testing, which will include a diagnostic (nasal swab) and antibody (blood) test, will primarily be done on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with limited appointments on Thursdays and Fridays. Please call 313-577-5041 to reserve your appointment.

Do I need to get a flu shot?

Yes. Wayne State requires that all faculty, staff and enrolled students who plan to be on campus for any day this fall or winter receive a flu shot by Oct. 15. Flu shots can be obtained from the Campus Health Center at no out-of-pocket cost. Learn more about the flu shot requirements, including exemptions and how to provide documentation, online.

What if I have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell) or if you have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus, you must stay home. For those who experience symptoms of COVID-19, the Campus Health Center will arrange testing for you. The Campus Health Center can be reached by phone at 313-577-5041.

Where can I find up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases at Wayne State?

The Campus Health Center’s COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated Mondays at noon, allows the university to track cases on campus as well as testing outcomes. These data, combined with data regarding the surrounding community and region, will be used to inform decisions related to campus operations. Learn more about how these data will be used to guide the university’s response to increased cases and outbreak clusters, and what those action steps will look like.

How is Wayne State preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus?

Wayne State has enacted new cleaning and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, in addition to new guidelines that help all Warriors play a role in contributing to the health and safety of our campus community:

  • Face coverings: Until a vaccine is available, the most effective way to protect yourself and others is to be 100% consistent in wearing a face covering at all times in public spaces. Employees can receive a Wayne State face covering by contacting their business affairs officer, but may also bring your own. Information on proper use of face coverings is available at the CDC's website.
  • Social distance: Follow guidelines posted in hallways, elevators, parking structures, restrooms, and at entryways and exits to maintain social distance. Leave six feet of physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Hand-washing: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds several times throughout the day. Hand-sanitizer dispensers have also been installed in every building. 
  • Classroom safety: Furniture in classrooms has been arranged to facilitate social distancing; please do not re-arrange the furniture. Comply with all posted guidelines in campus buildings, offices, classrooms, laboratories and common areas.

Where can I find additional information?

For more information about Wayne State University’s coronavirus response, visit