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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.

Updating Personal Information

If you choose to enroll with the WSU ALERT Crisis Communications System you must update the Pullman Emergency Information section of the myWSU portal whenever your personal/cell phone information changes. This crisis contact information becomes a part of your WSU personnel or student record. (Students, Faculty and Staff must still update the Change of Address area in the myWSU portal in the Address section for other official contact information.)

Text Messaging Fees May Apply

You may incur text messaging fees from your wireless service provider depending upon your service plan. You are responsible for any applicable text messaging fees for any WSU Alert notifications received.

Information Privacy

Personal telephone numbers and email addresses sought by WSU Alert service as provided by the Everbridge Company will be used exclusively for delivering WSU Alert crisis and emergency notifications.

For this purpose, WSU may share this information with the Everbridge Company. The personal telephone numbers and email addresses WSU Alert collects will be maintained in your personnel or student record.  WSU will maintain the confidentiality of such records to the extent permitted by law.

More details are available regarding student privacy concerns. Click Here!

System Reliability

The WSU ALERT notification system is offered on a best effort basis. WSU offers no guarantee that it will be able to send voice or text messages during every crisis or emergency or that such messages will be received on your wireless or landline devices.

Do Not Reply To WSU Alert Messages other than to Confirm Receipt of the Message per Instructions Provided

WSU Alert notifications will be prefaced with WSU ALERT in the message, and the from-address for WSU Alert email messages will be emergencymanagement@wsu.edu

To Report an Emergency, Dial 911

NOTE: When dialing 911 from a WSU Pullman campus number, there will be a 7 second delay in connecting. WAIT! DO NOT HANG UP!