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WSU Health Sciences Spokane Campus Alerts

Alert:

On-campus operations suspended again due to hazardous air quality, Wednesday, Sept. 16

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) is again suspending on-campus operations, effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020, due to continued hazardous air quality in and around Spokane County. Suspended on-campus operations are in effect through midnight Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Only those personnel who are designated as essential should be on campus, unless other arrangements are made with their supervisor.

WSU Spokane students, staff or faculty who were planning on coming to campus should plan to work or learn remotely. All current remote learning activities are still scheduled to proceed normally.

WSU Spokane employees who were already working remotely should still do so, unless notified otherwise.

This notification is exclusive to the Spokane campus. Please continue to check Campus Alerts for updated information.

Questions on suspended operation processes for employees may be directed to hrs.spokane@wsu.edu or (509) 358-7572

Information on suspended operations: https://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/suspended-operations-faq/
Information on inclement weather: https://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/
Information on wildfires and air quality: https://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/wildfire-air-quality-faq/

Spokane campus under normal COVID operations

On Sept. 11, 2020, the WSU Pullman campus sent out a notification indicating it was suspending operations due to worsening air quality. WSU Spokane is monitoring the air quality locally and has no plans at this time to suspend operations. The campus is still operating under current procedures that have been in effect since COVID led most campus personnel to work and learn remotely.

COVID-19: Stay Home, Stay Healthy

On March 23, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order related to COVID-19 directing Washingtonians to stay home unless absolutely necessary or a person’s job is considered essential. The order was extended and has been amended multiple times since.

To comply with the order, the only WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) faculty and staff who are now allowed on campus are those who are considered essential to operations, though research operations have resumed. Supervisors are working with their teams to determine. Remote operations are now in effect. Students are no longer allowed on campus and online classes will continue as scheduled.

Buildings on campus are locked and can only be accessed with a staff or student ID card.

The WSU Spokane community should remain vigilant in protecting their own health, including:

  • Stay home if at all possible, but especially if you are sick. Staying home when sick is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness
  • 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 – contact your health care provider.

2019 Novel Coronavirus Monitoring

Washington State University continues to monitor COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus outbreak. The university has set up this website that updates daily. Please keep this page handy as the situation is very fluid.


In the event of an emergency or weather affecting the opening time of campus operations, WSU Health Sciences Spokane will use its alert system to notify all who are signed up for Alerts.

For WSU Health Sciences Spokane Employees and Students to Receive Campus Alerts

To receive the Alerts you must sign up:
1. Go to myWSU.
2. Log in using your WSU computer User ID and Password
3. Click “Profile”
4. Click “Emergency Notification”
5. Follow the instructions to supply contact information on form

For EWU Employees and Students on Spokane Campus

Sign up here.

For STHC and IGNW tenants

Sign up here.

 

The Campus Alert system is capable of contacting you via cellphone, text and email with any emergency communication as long as you are signed up to receive Campus Alerts. The campus also has an outdoor public address speaker system for use during emergencies.

Inclement weather information

We will update this page with information about changes in normal campus operating hours due to inclement weather.