Message from the Dean – Guidelines for returning to work post-travel

Guidelines for returning to work post-travel

Effective today, all School of Medicine employees (faculty, trainees and staff) returning from domestic or international travel must report this information to a newly established email address — — and await clearance to return to work.

This new protocol applies to employees who have traveled in the past 14 days.  As you already know, since the Dean’s announcement on the evening of March 16, we have prohibited all travel outside a 60-mile radius of the campus. So this new protocol applies to anyone who traveled before the ban took effect.

Attendants monitoring the email will ask travelers a series of questions before authorizing a return to work. Employees should not return to the medical campus until receiving this authorization. To expedite response time, please include travel destinations and dates.

The email address is monitored Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Travelers also may call the Covid-19 Info Hotline at 314-935-8300, as previously directed; however, an Option 2 prompt will instruct travelers to email

Thank you to all employees for taking these important precautionary measures during this difficult time. Together, we will work to slow the spread of disease and flatten the curve.

For more information on the Washington University coronavirus response, visit


David H. Perlmutter, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean