WSU Health Sciences Spokane Campus Alerts
2019 Novel Coronavirus Monitoring
Beginning in January 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, including one in western Washington state. Additional cases have since been identified in several other areas of the United States. The outbreak first started in China and has since spread to several other countries.
Although no cases have been identified in eastern Washington, patients confirmed to have 2019-nCoV can, and are being treated, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Regardless, the risk of transmission remains low. Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) is working with public health, the WSU system and its university partners to monitor the coronavirus situation. Any updates related to the WSU Spokane community will be provided on this page.
2019 novel coronavirus is concerning because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia, yet for the WSU Spokane community, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk is considered low.
Advice to the WSU Spokane community is the same as every cold and flu season. Wash your hands regularly and if you’re sneezing and coughing, stay home. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, you should call your health care provider. Be sure to mention if you recently traveled internationally or if you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who recently traveled internationally.
Other things you can do to help prevent the spread of illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information:
- Cougar Health Services
- Spokane Regional Health District
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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
For STHC and IGNW tenants
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.