COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Response Tools

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Welcome to the COVID-19 and respiratory virus response page for Fred Hutch providers and staff. This page includes guidelines and other tools to use in caring for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center patients. The information presented in the documents is subject to change pending guidance from the CDC, WHO and/or Public Health – Seattle & King County. 

Respiratory Virus Response Tools

Clinical Guidance Documents

Patient Handouts

Personal Protective Equipment Resources (Updated April 12, 2023)

Additional mask option available (updated January 18, 2022)

Located at entry points are a variety of protective masks from which you may choose. If wearing a medical-grade mask from home, Fred Hutch cannot guarantee your protection from splash or spray. Change into a Level 3 procedure mask, or don one over your mask from home.

The BYD N95 respirator mask may provide a better fit for some and be more comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Having the best fit for your mask is important to protecting yourself and our patients.

The BYD N95 respirator is NOT an alternative to fitted respirators required for airborne or aerosol precautions. Before using any respirator provided by Fred Hutch, you must complete the “SFred Hutch 2022 Respiratory Protection Training” module in the Fred Hutch LMS. N95 respirators worn while seeing patients in Airborne or Aerosol precautions must also be fit-tested.

For adequate fluid barrier protection, an ASTM Level 3 mask must be over the BYD N95 respirator mask when splash/spray risk exists.  

If you choose to provide your own respirator, please refer to Fred Hutch’s mask policy for that guidance.

Occupational Health Information

COVID Exposures, Symptom Screening, Testing, and Other Information

How To Fit Test Your Mask (Updated January 18, 2022)

Fit-testing requirements include completing the annual Respiratory Protection Module, completing a medical evaluation once every three years and completing fit testing. 

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Did You Test Positive For COVID-19? (Updated April 12, 2023)

  • Email to inform them of your positive result. They will contact you to conduct a contact investigation and provide a tentative return to work date
  • Do not work while sick
  • Read the Return to Work Guidelines as of 4/11/23

Are You A Symptomatic Employee/Provider? (Updated April 12, 2023)

If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, you must stay home and complete the COVID-19 Symptom Screening Survey below:

Do You Have A Confirmed Exposure To A COVID Positive Individual?

If you have a known exposure to someone who is COVID positive, complete the COVID-19 Screening Survey below. Depending on the risk level of that exposure you may be required to stay home from work.

  • ​COVID-19 screening survey - you will be contacted by a nurse to discuss your exposure, determine if quarantine or testing are required, and review next steps with you.

Please read Employee Exposure Guidance for COVID-19 to help answer any immediate questions you may have.

Do You Have Questions About A Potential Community, Household Or Occupational Exposure To COVID?

First, please refer to the Employee Exposure Guidance for COVID-19 to help answer any immediate questions you may have. This policy is applicable to Fred Hutch employees and providers.

You can also contact our clinic during business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F) at 206.667.4866 or email us at

Do You Have Questions Outside Our Normal Business Hours of Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.?

  • Monday-Friday, Fred Hutch Employee Health will respond to your message/survey as soon as we can the following day
  • Weekend or Holidays, resources are a bit slim right now, but we will have someone available in the near future. For now, simply leave a voicemail on our main line 206.667.4866 or send an email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible
  • In the case of an emergency, you can also page Infection Prevention at 206.559.1059

Fred Hutch Provided COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests FAQ

Occupational Health is sending rapid COVID-19 antigen tests to staff who meet the following criteria:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • AND are essential on-campus staff
  • AND have informed Occupational Health of their Positive Test (if tested in the community/outside of Fred Hutch)
  • OR if you had a higher-risk exposure to someone who is COVID positive in your home/community or work

The purpose of these rapid COVID-19 antigen tests is to shorten the time that positive staff must stay home from work. A positive staff member may take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on the 5th day after their symptoms start. If this rapid antigen test is negative and the employee's symptoms have significantly improved, they may return to in-person work on day 6.

No. Rapid antigen tests are only being mailed to staff who tested positive and have a role that is considered essential (i.e., you cannot work from home) or had a higher-risk exposure to someone who is COVID positive in your home/community or work. 

Onsite PCR Testing is available outside of the back of the Yale Building on Valley St (by appointment only)

If you have symptoms, please do not enter the inside of the Yale Building.

If you have tested positive and have a role that is considered essential (i.e., you cannot work from home) Employee Health will be mailing you a test via Fedex 2-day shipping. There is no need to request a test kit directly from Occupational Health.

COVID-19 positive employees may utilize their own FDA-approved rapid antigen tests to return to work accordance with the contingency Return to Work Guidelines available on PolicyStat. The employee must report the results of this testing to their manager.

It is the employee's responsibility to report the result of their COVID-19 rapid antigen test to their manager. We are trusting the employee to report the test results accurately to their manager and to return to on-site work as soon as they are safely able to.

Yes. Please send an email to requesting a rapid antigen test. Please include the following information: your name, phone number, mailing address, location where you took your PCR test, date you took your PCR test, and your symptoms start date. 

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