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 …
WA “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WSU PullmanMarch 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
The Office of Emergency Management conducted a successful spring semester test of the WSU Alert System on Tuesday, March 6th. The test reached 16,280 students, faculty and staff within five minutes via text, phone and email. The door locking test was also a success. WSU tested its electronic door lock system (doors that lock via CougarCard access), locking doors for 15 minutes. Manual door locks were not included as part of this test. An all clear message was sent at 12:00 p.m. indicating the test was over and normal operations were to resume on the Pullman campus. WSU encourages students, faculty and staff to be … » More …
The WSU Pullman Campus is currently conducting a test of the Emergency Notification System. This system will provide notice & information in emergencies. The WSU Pullman campus is also practicing a campus-wide door locking test. Expect electronic locks on interior and exterior doors to engage beginning at 11:45 a.m. lasting until 12:00 p.m. Use this time to consider what you would do if this were a real event. During all emergencies students, staff, and faculty should be ALERT to developing incidents, ASSESS the situation, and ACT to ensure their own safety.
The WSU Office of Emergency Management will be conducting the spring semester test of the WSU Alert system on the Pullman campus Tuesday, March 6 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 …
Expect ice and snow on roads if you are traveling back to WSU Pullman this weekend. Travel at safe speeds, increasing following distances. On social media, you can find the latest WSDOT information at WSDOT Passes, WSDOT, and WSDOT Facebook. Drive slowly and increase following distances this weekend. Be prepared for delays and possible pass closures. Fill your fuel tank, and leave prepared with blankets, snacks and water. Avoid distractions- put your cell phone away and pull over at a safe place if you need to take a call or want to have a snack. Drive alert. Keep in mind, travel CAN … » More …
Hazardous weather conditions in Pullman and surrounding areas. Poor road conditions with high wind warning in effect until 10pm. Winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Locally, gusts could approach 65 mph.
Traveling during this time will be extremely difficult. Exercise extreme caution and use your best judgement if you need to travel.
The Spokane National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect at 4 AM February 14th, until 12 PM. Heavy snow is expected, with total snow accumulations of 4-8 inches on the Palouse. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Increase your following distance and drive carefully.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can … » More …
Dear students, faculty and staff,
Last year, the Pullman area faced an unusually harsh winter with much more precipitation than is typical. This letter serves as a reminder for all of us to take local conditions into account when determining whether travel to and from campus can be accomplished safely.
Because WSU Pullman is a residential and research campus, decision makers consider a broad range of implications when making any change to campus operations. When classes are cancelled, many essential operations are still in service and essential personnel, including Facilities, Dining, and Police, remain on campus. Decisions to delay or suspend operations are made based … » More …