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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.

Safety Welcome Letter

Welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to Washington State University. As we begin a new academic year, it is important that we take a moment to emphasize our commitment to safety and security for everyone here at Washington State University. Our community is a busy and active environment. Keeping our students, faculty, staff, visitors and vendors safe is our greatest priority. In the event of an emergency or potential threat, WSU has a robust system of communication pathways including text messaging, outdoor warning system and social media to notify the campus community. This letter is to familiarize you with the WSU Alert … » More …

Very Unhealthy Air Quality

Heavy smoke from regional wildfires has resulted in very unhealthy air quality on the Pullman campus. Classes will proceed as normal but individuals are encouraged to stay indoors when not traveling to or from classes or work. Outdoor activities should be avoided, if possible. People experiencing respiratory distress should contact a health care professional immediately. Pullman students can call Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575.

For information from Human Resource Services regarding air quality, see https://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/wildfire-air-quality-faq/

Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke. If you experience any … » More …

Air Quality Alert

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert until 10 am Wednesday, August 14th.

Air quality is expected to degrade across Pullman and Whitman County into the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups category 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. If possible, stay inside or reduce the amount of time spent outside.

Air quality will continue to be monitored. Some improvement in ventilation will be possible toward the end of the week. The air … » More …

Excessive Heat Watch and Air Quality Alert

NWS Spokane has issued both an air quality alert and excessive heat watch this week. The air quality alert is in effect until 10 am Friday, August 10th. Smoke from wildfires in Washington, Idaho, BC and areas to our south will cause unhealthy air for the next few days. High pressure over the region will bring light winds and very little ventilation of smoke. 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. For general information about air quality and wildfire smoke, go to http://ehs.wsu.edu/ph/wildfiresmoke.html.

The excessive … » More …