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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.

WA “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and WSU Pullman

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. … » More …

Pullman Campus Operating on a Normal Schedule Thursday, March 7, 2019

WSU Pullman is operating on a normal schedule today, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Students, staff and faculty are asked to make their own personal decision to decide whether or not it it safe to travel to campus. While traveling, please drive with care, increase following distances and watch for areas of ice on roadways.

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 communicate with their instructors regarding course expectations if they feel they can not travel to class.

 

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 …

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 …

911 Outage

UPDATE 12/28/18 2:35 p.m.

911 services have now been restored and normal operations have resumed. If you do have any trouble connecting, 509-332-2521 will still connect you to an emergency dispatcher. As a reminder, please call 911 only for emergency situations and not to test the system.

12/27/18 9:41p.m.

9 1 1 is currently experiencing a statewide interruption. Whitman county emergency callers can call 509-332-2521 to reach first responders until further notice.

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 …

Spring Semester Test

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.

 

Inclement Weather

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.

Off-campus shooting reported on Duncan Lane. Update-Officials determine no ongoing threat to WSU Campus 10:15AM

UPDATE Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 10:15 a.m.

The Pullman Police Department has issued the following news release providing detail into the shooting incident that occurred in a neighborhood near to the WSU Pullman campus.

Shooting Injures Two

PULLMAN – On October 29, 2017 at about 1:45 am, Pullman Police officers heard two gunshots as they were responding to a noise complaint in the 1000 block of Duncan. When officers arrived on Duncan Lane, they found numerous persons running in all directions. Officers located two victims with gunshot wounds; a 19-year-old male with a wound to his right torso, and a 17-year-old male with a wound to his arm. Both victims were transported to Pullman Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 19-year-old was later released from the hospital.

Investigation revealed that a group of subjects attending a party on Duncan Lane surrounded a vehicle attempting to leave the area. The group was trying to forcibly remove someone from the vehicle when shots were fired from the vehicle, striking the victims. The crowd scattered and the vehicle fled before officers arrived.

The weapon is believed to be a handgun and has not been recovered. Both victims are from the King County area of Washington and are not students at Washington State University. Detectives are following up on leads. Shortly after the shooting, Washington State University officials issued an alert to students via their emergency notification system since the location is adjacent to the WSU campus.

UPDATE Sunday October 29th, 2017 9:02AM:

Law enforcement officials have determined that there is no ongoing threat to public safety or to the WSU campus. The Pullman Police Department’s investigation is continuing. Pullman Police are expected to provide additional information about the incident later in the day.

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