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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.

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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.

Campus Operations Suspended Jan 18, 2017

Operations at Washington State University’s Pullman campus will be suspended for the rest of the day today, January 18, 2017, due to inclement weather.

 
Employees who have reported to work please take care when returning to home.  Recommendation is to wait until temperatures rise and before temperatures drop again. Please “Take it slow on ice and snow” and use extreme caution on sidewalks and roadways.
 
Human Resource Services is open today with limited staffing to answer questions. 509-335-4521.
 
For the latest information and alerts for the Pullman campus, go to http://alert.wsu.edu.
 
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Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until 4PM

Freezing rain advisory remains in effect from 9AM this morning to 4PM this afternoon. Ice accumulations between a trace to a few hundreths. A band of very light wintry precipitation arrives this morning after 10AM coming in the form of freezing rain, sleet or snow. Any sleet or freezing rain will lead to very slick roads and walkways. This will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and walkways. Slow down and use caution while driving and walking along sidewalks.

Potential localized flooding in coming week

Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this week.

A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above freezing
temperatures to much of the region and the potential for significant
rainfall to far eastern Washington. With widespread low elevation snow
across the Palouse, there is the possibility for small stream and urban
flooding with this weather pattern.

Temperatures are expected be above freezing from Tuesday through
Thursday. The system is also expected to bring about three inches
of rain to the Palouse region.

The potential impacts from the snowmelt and rainfall runoff
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Dense Fog Advisory

Dense fog advisory in effect until 10AM this morning. Visibility may be less than a quarter mile, creating  treacherous driving conditions. Drivers plan for poor visibility and slick roads. If you are driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Jan 7, 4:00PM to Jan 9, 8:00AM

Active winter weather returns to the region this weekend. A moist Pacific storm system will bring light snow to the region tonight before a second round of heavier precipitation Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. This storm will bring accumulating snow followed by a messy wintry mix of precipitation to much of the Eastern Columbia Basin by Sunday afternoon and evening.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH. HIGHEST ICE
ACCUMULATION EXPECTED ON HIGHWAY 395 FROM RITZVILLE TO CONNELL.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 5 INCHES ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE
90 WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS UP TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE COEUR D`ALENE» More …