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WA “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WSU Pullman

March 23, 2020 8:52pm

UPDATE 5/1/20 3:30p.m.

WA Governor Inslee has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31, 2020. This extension will not include any further restrictions, and there may be lifting of some restrictions in the coming weeks.

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UPDATE 4/2/20 6:00p.m.

WA Governor Inslee has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4th, 2020. This extension will not include any further restrictions. WSU operations will continue; however, only essential personnel are to report to their physical WSU work location.

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Earlier tonight, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home Stay Healthy” order for the state of Washington. For additional information on how this affects our WSU community, see this link to updated language on the WSU Human Resource Services website.

WSU Pullman has received personal reports of positive tests for COVID-19. WSU is investigating these reports to determine the validity of the information and will continue to update the WSU community of confirmed cases of COVID-19 that might impact our WSU Pullman population. At this time, there have been no official reports of positive test results. When official reports are received from Whitman County Public Health, we will work to inform and provide guidance to all close contacts of the individual as soon as possible.

You may see increased cleaning throughout campus due to self-reports of possible exposures to individuals who have been tested for COVID-19. WSU custodial staff has increased cleaning frequencies for high use locations on campus and is using COVID-19 sanitation guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) for all routine cleaning including common touch surfaces.

WSU has taken proactive steps such as moving to online classes and telework to enhance social distancing. By limiting the number of people on campus, we can reduce the potential for community spread of COVID-19. The WSU community should continue to be vigilant with social distancing, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick – this is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness
  • Students, if you have not returned to Pullman, please stay at home if you are able.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use alcohol-based sanitizer frequently
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue
  • Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch and common surfaces
  • Enhance social distancing (more than 6 feet)
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • If you have coronavirus symptoms – fever, cough and shortness of breath – or if you have questions about your personal health, contact your health care provider.

Information included here and in the WSU Alert notification sent 3/23/20 are intended to keep our community as informed and safe as possible and to meet Clery Act compliance.

Announcements

  • WA “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WSU Pullman

    UPDATE 5/1/20 3:30p.m.

    WA Governor Inslee has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31, 2020. This extension will not include any further restrictions, and there may be lifting of some restrictions in the coming weeks.

    ———-

    UPDATE 4/2/20 6:00p.m.

    WA Governor Inslee has extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4th, 2020. This extension will not include any further restrictions. WSU operations will continue; however, only essential personnel are to report to their physical WSU work location.

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    Earlier tonight, Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home Stay Healthy” order for the state of Washington. … » More …

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  • WSU Monitoring 2019 Novel Coronavirus

    UPDATE 3/2/2020:

    WSU has established a dedicated website serving as the primary source of official information surrounding the appearance of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. Please find recent updates and additional resources at the WSU COVID-19 Website.

     

    Statement from Cougar Health Services:

    The health of the Cougar community is our priority. We want to provide accurate resources for current information and preventative tips to help minimize the spread of illness. Updates that are specific to the WSU community will be provided on the Cougar Health Services website.

    We are working with Whitman County Public Health and other University leadership to monitor an … » More …

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  • Phone phishing scam

    WSU PD has received numerous reports this morning involving a phone phishing scam.  What happens is the victim will receive a call with a female voice recording saying that the subject’s phone has been hacked and they (the suspects) have been watching the victim on campus and have a lot of nude videos of the person receiving the call. It then directs them to go to a website or the videos are going to be distributed all over the internet. The internet address they are directed to is hard to understand but is something like www.cit.y/ws.wsu. The phone number the suspects used is 509-332-3561.  … » More …

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To report an emergency:

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NOTE: When dialing 911 from a WSU Pullman campus number, there will be a 7 second delay in connecting. WAIT! DO NOT HANG UP!

How do I sign up for Notifications?

NOTE TO PARENTS: Our current system does not support parent or third party registration to receive notifications. However, we do allow each individual to list up to 9 different mechanisms for emergency notification.  Have your student list your contact information as an alternate to theirs, and that will get you emergency notifications as part of your student’s contact file.

NOTE TO VISITORS: If you are a contractor working on the Pullman campus, here for a conference or sporting event, or visiting WSU Pullman for a short period of time and want to sign up to receive WSU Alert text messages, please text WSUFALL19 to 888-777. Simply opt out by texting “STOP” once you leave. 

  • Go to the myWSU portal and sign in using your network ID and password
  • Click on the “Emergency Information” box.
  • Click “Update now” to sign up or update your contact information.
  • Complete the Washington State University student emergency notification form
  • Once you have completed entering your contact information, please click ‘SUBMIT’. Your information has now been recorded and you are signed up to receive emergency notifications!

I got a text, call or email from WSU Alert. What should I do next?

  • CONFIRM that you received the message. If you are asked to confirm receipt of the message, please do so. This is important as it helps us know if the message is getting out to the campus community.
  • Follow the instructions given in the message, assessing your personal situation. This will vary depending on the circumstances.
  • Go to the WSU ALERT website (alert.wsu.edu), call the WSU Informational Hotline (509-335-2345) or check other official internal sources to get more information on what is happening and what you should do in response. We can only provide a brief bit of information in the WSU Alert message so you will want to get more details on the situation.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel and comply with your unit’s emergency procedures as appropriate.

The Campus Outdoor Warning System for the Pullman Campus

NOTE Even if you cannot understand the voice instructions, your default action should be to always take shelter and seek further information from other WSU Alert resources!

WSU has installed five outdoor warning siren/public address units on the Pullman campus. The University may sound these sirens in the event of an emergency that may threat the safety of those outdoors. These sirens are designed to be heard OUTDOORS ONLY. The siren tones are prone to echoing among the buildings on campus; however all possible adjustments have been made to improve the intelligibility of the voice messages.

Law enforcement actions, such as the response to an active shooter, may or may not necessitate the sounding of the sirens. Emergency Management will follow the instructions of the WSU Police Department in regards to emergency warning and notification of any law enforcement activity.

I heard the Siren/PA system on campus. What should I do?

  • Pay attention. The sirens will always be followed by a voice message.
  • Follow the voice instructions. Be alert and pay attention to what is happening around you.
  • If you cannot hear or understand the voice instructions from the PA system, the default is always to seek shelter first, and then get more information from the WSU Alert website, WSU Informational hotline or other official sources.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency personnel and comply with your unit’s emergency procedures as appropriate.

Frequently asked questions

What should I NOT do when I get a message or hear the sirens?

  • Do not ignore the message. You won’t get one unless it is important, so pay attention and be alert!
  • Please don’t get on your cell or land-line phone and call your family/friends to talk to them about what is going on. WSU and Pullman have limited phone resources that can be easily overwhelmed due to high volume use. Please stay off your phone as much as possible; lines and cell phone capacity will be needed to get the word out to the campus community about the emergency, as well as for critical emergency communications.
  • Ask your friends and family to not call you during an emergency. The same issues apply from above to incoming calls from outside the area. Ask them, instead, if they hear about an emergency at WSU to go to the WSU ALERT website (alert.wsu.edu) for information. Ask them to not call the University for more information during the emergency. The best place for current and accurate information will be the WSU ALERT website.

Do I reply to WSU messages?

Do not reply to WSU Alert messages other than to confirm receipt of the message per the instructions provided. WSU Alert notifications will be prefaced with WSU Alert in the message, and the from-address for WSU Alert email messages will be noreply@everbridge.net.