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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.

Wednesday Evening’s Commute – 2/27/19

Continued snowfall and gusty winds could make travel difficult during this evening’s commute. Your safety is our highest concern and everyone’s travel patterns are unique. If you feel the need to leave work early today in order to get home safely, visit the Human Resource Services website for resources regarding personnel processes during times of inclement weather: hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather

 

You need to make your own decisions regarding your personal health and safety when commuting to and from Washington State University. Please contact your supervisor to coordinate your leave due to road conditions and weather concerns.

WSU Pullman Power Outage

UPDATE Planned outage scheduled for 5pm: Avista has announced that they will have a planned outage from 5:00-5:30pm today, 2/26/19, to repair a switch in their system which caused the power outage earlier today. Ensure all critical items are properly powered down prior to 5:00 p.m. and not brought back up until after 5:45 p.m. Plan to take the stairs during that time, as elevators will not work.

Final update 1:40pm: Power has been restored to all buildings.

UPDATE 11:56:  Power has been restored to all WSU Pullman buildings except for Beasley Coliseum.

UPDATE 11:49: Power has been restored to the Elson Floyd Cultural Center SRC, and Chinook

Cougar Health Services … » More …

WSU Pullman Campus Operations Delayed 2 hours, Tuesday 2/26/19

All Pullman campus operations are delayed two hours until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 due to icy conditions. All classes, activities and events beginning prior to 10:00 a.m. are cancelled.

Facilities crews are continuing to clear snow and ice throughout WSU Pullman, which will allow for easier travel in the morning.  All personnel not directly responsible for snow/ice removal and are not considered essential personnel are asked to stay off campus for their own safety.

Employees are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes for periods of inclement weather. Human Resource Services has posted many resources on the Inclement Weather & Suspended Operations … » More …

Semester Testing of WSU Alert System on Pullman Campus March 5, 2019 11:45am-12:00 noon

The WSU Office of Emergency Management will be conducting the spring semester test of the WSU Alert system on the Pullman campus Tuesday, March 5 at 11:45 a.m. Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for emergency notifications will receive text messages, phone calls, emails, and desktop alerts on select computers which will be clearly identified as a test. This test will include the campus outdoor warning sirens, which are designed to warn people on campus to take shelter and seek further information from other WSU Alert resources such as alert.wsu.edu. WSU Pullman will also be testing electronic door … » More …

WSU Pullman Campus Operations delayed 2 hours Thursday, 2/14/19

All Pullman campus operations are delayed two hours until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 due to icy conditions. All classes, activities and events beginning prior to 10:00 a.m. are cancelled.

Facilities crews are applying deicer and gravel throughout WSU Pullman, which will allow for easier travel this morning. All personnel not directly responsible for snow/ice removal and are not considered essential personnel are asked to stay off campus for their own safety.

Employees are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes for periods of inclement weather. Human Resource Services has posted many resources on the Inclement Weather & Suspended Operations website. Students should … » More …

WSU Pullman Operating on a Normal Schedule Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WSU Pullman is operating on normal operations today, February 13, 2019.

Snow removal from campus will continue to occur, and slick or icy spots may still remain. Please use caution while driving and walking throughout campus and surrounding areas. Be prepared with appropriate footwear.

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 encourages all to use your best judgement to decide if you can commute to class. WSU leave policies related to inclement weather: » More …

WSU Pullman Campus Operations Suspended February 11, 2019

Operations at Washington State University’s Pullman campus are suspended today due to inclement weather. All scheduled classes and labs are cancelled and only essential services, including student housing, dining and health services, will be provided. Only those WSU employees previously designated as essential to campus operations should report to work.

Snow removal from campus is underway, and slick or icy spots may still remain. All personnel not directly responsible for snow removal and are not considered essential personnel are asked to stay off campus for their own safety.

For the most updated information regarding services around campus, please see the following:

* Human Resource Services … » More …

Pullman Campus Operations Delayed 2 hours Thursday, 2/14/19

All Pullman campus operations are delayed two hours until 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019 due to icy conditions. All classes, activities and events beginning prior to 10:00 a.m. are cancelled.

Facilities crews are applying deicer and gravel throughout WSU Pullman, which will allow for easier travel this morning. All personnel not directly responsible for snow/ice removal and are not considered essential personnel are asked to stay off campus for their own safety.

Employees are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes for periods of inclement weather. Human Resource Services has posted many resources on the Inclement Weather & Suspended Operations website. Students should … » More …