Washington State University is working with federal, state and local health officials to carefully respond, as needed, to the rapidly evolving public health emergency. The university is committed to protecting the privacy of individual health information while also providing its campus communities with precautionary guidance in an effort to help combat the spread of COVID‑19.
Disclosure of confirmed positive cases is the responsibility of state and local health departments. When necessary, health departments will work with WSU to help identify for notification purposes those who may have been in contact with individuals whose positive tests have been confirmed.
Out of an abundance of caution, the university also will notify students, faculty and staff who have been in proximity to individuals who self‑disclose that they are being tested. Please note the university often has no way of confirming or verifying self‑disclosed cases but will communicate the volunteered information as a cautionary measure.
All members of the WSU community should continue to take the recommended precautions to help slow the spread of COVID‑19:
- Stay home if you can—do not gather in groups
- If you must go out in public, stay at least 6 feet away from other people
- Wash your hands and use alcohol-based sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face 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
- If you are sick, stay home and take measures to isolate from others
If you suspect you have COVID‑19, which includes symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your health care provider. On the Pullman campus, students also can contact Cougar Health Services by phone at 509‑335‑3575 for consultation and further guidance.