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

March 23, 2020 8:52pm

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.


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.

Winter Driving Caution

With a mix of winter weather forecast to continue, commuting and travel may be difficult at times, but many weather related vehicle accidents are preventable. Decrease speed and increase following and stopping distances on snow or ice. Use traction control devices when necessary and limit trips if possible.

Continued Winter Travel Advisory

With continuing snow and wind in the forecast this afternoon and overnight, changing to rain Friday morning, this is a reminder to the WSU community to exercise sound judgment and caution when making commute and travel decisions, and to drive safely for the conditions.

Winter Weather Cautions

Snow, possible freezing rain, and wind are expected in the WSU and Pullman area this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

WSU Pullman remains operational at this time, but students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to stay ALERT to changing road and weather conditions, ASSESS their specific circumstances, and ACT in a safe and prudent manner.

Travel may be difficult in places, but many weather related vehicle accidents are preventable. Decrease speed and increase following and stopping distances on snow or ice. Use traction control devices when necessary and limit trips if possible.

WSU leave policies related to inclement weather:

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Winter Driving Caution Continues

Area roads continue to be slick. Please consider whether driving is necessary, and try to minimize travel if you don’t have winter tires or traction devices.  Exercise caution and drive Aware if you do have to travel.

High Wind Watch for Pullman Area

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for this area from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening December 9th.  Wind speed will begin to increase this afternoon, with Wednesday  gusts as high as 64mph forecast.  Exercise appropriate caution and be prepared for possible power impacts.