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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.


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.

Pullman Boil Order Lifted

On Tuesday, April 19, there was a water main break on North Grand Avenue near Dissmore’s, causing a water outage and loss of pressure in the water system. This led to the City of Pullman issuing a precautionary boil water order for those who live on College and Military Hill. Water samples were taken and submitted for testing.

The WSU Office of Emergency Management sent out a notification and updates to supplement the City of Pullman’s boil water order due to the possibility that it may affect students, staff and faculty.

The lab results of the sampling indicated that there is no water contamination. As … » More …

Water Boil Order Update # 2

WSU Facilities Services has confirmed that — in addition to Greek houses and private residences on College and Military Hills which may be occupied by individuals connected to WSU — the following facilities located off-campus are impacted by the current City of Pullman Boil Notice:

The WSU Research Park
Friel House
Talmadge Anderson Heritage House
Casa Latina House
Native American Cultural House
Asian American Pacific Islander Cultural House
Culver House
Adams Mall
Papa John’s

WSU facilities and buildings located on campus are not affected by this event. For more information, refer to City of Pullman sources.

Military & College Hill Boil Order Update

City of Pullman Maintenance and Operations Superintendent Art Garro issued a boil water order this afternoon subsequent to a major water main break on North Grand Avenue.

Following State of Washington rules in this regard and as a precaution regarding the risk of illness from contamination, businesses and residents located on College Hill and Military Hill who are on the city water system should boil their water or use bottled water until further notice. That is for water that will be used for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food, making ice and washing dishes, or use bottled water until further notice. To kill germs, heat water … » More …

City of Pullman Boil Notice

Earlier today, 12-inch water main located in Grand Avenue near Dissmore’s ruptured and several hundred thousand gallons of water escaped from two City of Pullman reservoirs in the system, which were drained and parts of the system were completely without water. Because of this event, a water quality warning (Boil Notice) has been issued for College Hill and Military Hill. While this does not affect buildings on the main WSU campus, Greek houses, WSU facilities off campus and the Research Park are impacted.