ALERTS FOR THE PULLMAN CAMPUS
None at this time
None at this time
WSU Pullman Important Announcements
Guidance and Recommendations Regarding the EBOLA Virus
2014-10-09 11:46:20The WSU Infectious Disease Response Team (IDRT) has been closely monitoring the evolving threat of the Ebola virus, including outbreaks in several West African countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Guinea) and the recent case of the traveler from Liberia presenting with Ebola infection in Texas. Current steps are being taken by the CDC to minimize the spread of the virus making the risk to the public for this situation quite low.
Health organizations like the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are also working on a global level to contain, and eventually eradicate this threat. Accordingly, members of the university community, including students, faculty, and staff at all WSU campuses should stay abreast of public health information about Ebola.
Continuously updated information about Ebola can be found on the CDC website: www.cdc.gov. The CDC has also provided specific guidance for universities, colleges, and students regarding Ebola at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa.
Consistent with this guidance, WSU has implemented the following:
1.Restricting all non-essential university related travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The IDRT will continue to monitor the evolving situation and re-evaluate this restriction accordingly. Further possible restrictions to travel will be based upon CDC Level 2 and Level 3 Travel Alerts.
2.Any students who have traveled from any of the affected countries within the past 21 days are asked to contact Health and Wellness Services (HWS) at (509) 335-3575. Any faculty or staff traveling from any of the affected countries is asked to contact their health care provider or their local county health department. Travelers from affected countries are also asked to monitor themselves for possible symptoms of Ebola (fever, headache, weakness, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, or bleeding). If travelers have symptoms, they should call their health care provider or their local county health department immediately to report symptoms and recent travel history. It is important to call first before seeking help in person so that precautions to contain possible spread of the virus can be enacted in a timely manner.
3.WSU strongly encourages faculty and staff who are traveling abroad to register with the WSU International Travel Registry at http://ip.wsu.edu/global-learning/travel-registry.html
4.WSU requires all students traveling abroad for non-credit earning opportunities to register with the WSU International Travel Registry at the link specified above.
5.We have already contacted a small number of students arriving from Nigeria at the beginning of fall semester, none of whom have developed symptoms. To our knowledge, there has been no further recent travel from affected areas within our university communities.
Despite the recent case in the United States, the threat of Ebola spreading to our university communities remains low at this time. Spread of Ebola from affected areas requires recent travel by a person who has been in extended recent contact with bodily fluids from an afflicted individual. Timely identification of persons traveling from affected areas coupled with close monitoring and reporting of symptoms is a cautious and prudent approach to continue to contain this risk. Students with questions may contact HWS at (509) 335-3575. Faculty and staff with questions should contact their health care provider or their local county public health department.
Rescheduled: WSUAlert Campus Wide Test Oct. 29th 2014, at 12:05 pm
2014-10-02 10:52:03The fall semester test of the WSUAlert system by the Office of Emergency Management which was originally set for Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:05pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 29th, at 12:05pm. Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for notification will receive text messages, phone calls, and emails which will be clearly identified as a test. This test will also include the @WSUAlert twitter account and the campus outdoor warning sirens.
Washington State University places the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors as its highest priority. WSU has developed the WSUAlert! System to disseminate official information via email, text messages, telephone, loudspeakers, Alert Website, and other means to keep the campus community informed during emergencies and situations that might disrupt normal operations.
All WSU students, faculty, and staff can subscribe to WSUAlerts. Visit ZZUSIS and register or update your emergency contact information, follow WSUAlerts on Twitter @WSUAlerts and see alert.wsu.edu for information.