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 currently on campus are those who are considered essential to operations, including some research.
Buildings on campus are locked and can only be accessed with a staff or student ID card.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow the directions given to them by public health officials. It is optional to notify their department. However, the student does need to follow their department’s protocol for missing any classes due to illness.
- If a staff or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow directions given to them by public health officials. It is optional to notify their direct supervisor or contact HRS Disability Services. However, the employee does need to follow their department’s protocol for use of sick leave.
- If an employee optionally discloses their positive result, the staff or faculty member who receives the information can notify their respective dean or the Chancellor, who will notify the campus Incident Command System (ICS). Names of employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be kept confidential.
- The vice president/chancellor’s office works with members of the campus ICS team to confirm positive test results with Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) or its designated liaisons.
- SRHD and its liaisons remain the agencies responsible for confirming a positive case, as applicable and appropriate, with campus ICS.
- In the event of a positive COVID-19 case specific to a staff or faculty member, the campus ICS team will follow public health guidance specific to case investigation and contact tracing.Only those individuals who were potentially exposed will receive notification and instructions on next steps. There will be no campus-wide messaging regarding suspect or confirmed cases unless staff are instructed to do so as part of SRHD’s case investigation.
- WSU Spokane custodial staff will continue to take precautionary measures to clean and disinfect many areas on campus, including deep cleaning of areas potentially affected by a suspect or confirmed case. Staff are not allowed in areas being deep cleaned. Again, only those individuals who were potentially exposed to a confirmed case will receive notification and instructions on next steps.
- The campus ICS team also remains in close contact with the WSU system ICS team and collaborates with them closely on matters involving operations and communications.
When extra cleaning and disinfecting is required due to a report of suspected or positive exposure to COVID-19, campus custodial staff will respond to clean the area as soon as possible. Faculty, staff and students who are working in the space will be notified and asked to leave the area prior to the cleaning/disinfecting process. People working in a potentially infected area may move to another designated location to continue their work, or they could return home for the day. Individuals are to consult with their supervisor or instructor for direction.
Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the following surfaces:
- Doors and door handles
- Desks, chairs and tables
- Computers and keyboards
- File cabinets
- Light switches
- Other potentially infected surfaces
Occupants may return to the space for work or instruction the following day after cleaning/disinfection is complete.
Aug. 27, 3 p.m.
April 7, 2020
- Special Announcement: Coronavirus – Feb. 28, 2020
- Message from VP and Chancellor Daryll DeWald – March 3, 2020
- Preparing for Alternative Teaching Methods – March 9, 2020
- Navigating these times together – March 16, 2020
- Our Campus Responds to Coronavirus – March 20, 2020
- Update on Coronavirus and Campus Operations – March 24, 2020
- An Update on Coronavirus – March 27, 2020
- Well-Being Message – April 23, 2020
- Special Announcement: Returning to Campus – May 1, 2020
- COVID-19 During the Summer Months – May 22, 2020
- Fall Instruction Announcement – May 29, 2020