When COVID-19 first appeared in Washington state in early 2020, UW Medicine was ready to respond. We were ready because of our dedicated community of supporters, whose generosity over the years has allowed us to attract the best and brightest students, faculty and staff and develop innovative, lifesaving research, clinical programs and partnerships.

Since then, UW Medicine has made many significant contributions to the global understanding of COVID-19, to our local, regional and national public health response and to the development of therapeutics and a vaccine.

But our work isn’t over. to accelerate an end to the pandemic, protect the health of our community and reopen our economy.

For up-to-date information on coronavirus care, testing and services, visit uwmedicine.org/coronavirus.

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UW Medicine researchers are working tirelessly to save lives and help our communities reopen. Visit our newsroom to learn more about our contributions to ending COVID-19.

KING-5: “COVID-19 antibody testing at UW Virology may be a step toward finding a vaccine”
Antibody testing could be vital
to the reopening of our communities.

The Seattle Times: “New coronavirus surveillance program launched in Seattle based on home-test kits”
The Brotman Baty Institute-based Seattle Flu Study is partnering with King County Public Health to launch a new surveillance program that tracks the spread of COVID-19.

KUOW: “Two ‘promising’ COVID-19 treatments give Seattle-area patients and doctors hope”
Clinical trials at UW Medicine are showing promise in treating COVID-19.

Washington Post:
“At the center of the coronavirus outbreak, a hospital prepares for the worst”

Mark Tonelli, MD, discusses how the University of Washington Medical Center is preparing for the expected patient surge.


UW Medicine is playing a central role in Washington State’s clinical and public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a national role in research to understand, treat and prevent COVID-19.

UW Medicine quickly set up and scaled the only lab in Washington state capable of clinical COVID-19 tests, other than the Washington State Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratories, and is working with the State’s lab to help reduce its backlog. UW Medicine is now bringing these capabilities into the community, testing first responders, healthcare workers and the public.

In response to COVID-19, UW Medicine is now offering free public access to its 24/7 virtual clinic and its nurse consultation line. UW Medicine is also developing a special COVID-19 telehealth consultation service so that physicians and clinicians around the state can consult with our providers as they treat affected patients and implement remote monitoring for quarantined patients.

Sharing critical information
UW clinicians are translating the most recent COVID-19 research into practice in real time. UW Medicine is making its clinical guidelines and protocols available to other hospitals locally and across the country. UW physicians are consulting with other healthcare providers in the area on infection prevention and clinical management and are partnering with the CDC and other public health entities on initiatives such as patient triage and testing in nursing homes.

UW Medicine is home to the Brotman Baty Institute based Seattle Flu Study, which is partnering with Public Health-Seattle & King County and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) to monitor the progression of COVID-19 and to help lead local, national, and international response efforts. UW Medicine is also the administrative base for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) that is providing valuable modelling projections used for guiding the national COVID-19 response. In addition, more than 35 UW scientists are heading teams that are rapidly advancing COVID-19 research in such areas as vaccine development, diagnostics, antiviral drugs, plasma treatments, immune responses and immunity, prevention of heart and lung complications, protection of pregnant mothers and their babies, and infection control.


In this moment of tremendous community need, we are grateful for your caring support of the UW Medicine Emergency Response Fund. Gifts are urgently needed to ramp up COVID-19 testing, provide care for the most vulnerable, coordinate the state’s emergency response, support research, and provide lifesaving equipment and resources to ensure the health and well-being of our patients and clinical teams. In addition to cash gifts, we invite you to share your words of encouragement and support for our frontline healthcare teams at UW Medicine’s kudoboard.

Your gift will go toward:

  • Setting up community testing sites.
  • Expanding telehealth services.
  • Increasing the number of beds available to treat COVID-19 patients.
  • Research and development of therapeutics and vaccines.
  • Sharing best practices for infection control and response with other providers and officials throughout the state.
  • Outreach to Seattle and King County’s most vulnerable populations, including nursing home residents, the elderly, those who are chronically ill and our homeless population of more than 12,000 people.
  • The purchase of more personal protective equipment to ensure that our clinical teams remain healthy and able to care for patients.
  • Supporting the well-being of our healthcare teams.