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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.

Air Quality Alert

AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PDT THURSDAY AUGUST
31st

Smoke from wildfires in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington is
expected to affect Eastern Washington until increased wind
Thursday allow improvement. Until that time air quality will
vary between good and unhealthy depending on wind direction
and time of day.

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are
most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory
distress, you should speak with your physician.

Update 7:35PM: Bomb Threat Stimson Hall

Evacuation of Stimson Hall due to another bomb threat. Generalized threat to the wider campus. Stated 2 pm deadline. Be aware of your surroundings. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious. Please check back on this site for updates.

 

UPDATE 2:08PM: Washington State University Pullman received a specific bomb threat to Stimson Hall that also included a generalized threat to campus with deadline of 2pm. Stimson Hall and Owen Science has been evacuated. Please avoid the area. There is currently no other change to campus operations. Classes have not been cancelled. Be aware of your surroundings and exercise your own judgement for your own … » More …

All clear declared on alleged bomb threat – Pullman campus resumes normal operations

All clear declared on alleged bomb threat – Pullman campus resumes normal operations

The Washington State University Police Department completed sweeps of a number of buildings on the WSU Pullman campus overnight and has reaffirmed that the bomb threat called in late afternoon on August 3 was a hoax.

 

 

Late Thursday afternoon (August 3), the Washington State University Police Department received a call from an individual who claimed to have placed several explosive devices on WSU’s Pullman campus. The caller did not provide detail regarding the alleged devices and the threat does not appear to be credible.

Out of an abundance of caution, … » More …