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I live in an area or state where there is a high rate of COVID‑19 community transmission. What should I do?

  • July 27, 2020

If you live in the state of Washington and are from a county with a high rate of community transmission or live in another state with a high rate of community transmission, please remain at your current residence and complete fall 2020 courses remotely.

A high community transmission rate is defined as a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a 7‑day rolling average. Please review the Washington State Department of Health COVID‑19 Data Dashboard and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention State and Territorial Health Department website for additional information about areas with high community transmission. You may also review sites such as Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center and Georgia Tech’s Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.

If you were planning to live on campus and do not meet the demonstrated institutional need criteria outlined below for living on campus, you must cancel or defer your residence hall contract to the spring semester. If you: 1) meet the demonstrated institutional need criteria outlined below, 2) are approved for living on campus in a University-owned residence hall, and 3) are coming from an area with a high rate of community transmission, you will be asked to quarantine in a designated University residential facility for 14 days prior to moving into your residence hall room.

For those of you planning to live off campus, it is essential that you and your loved ones consider and prepare for the health care capacity in the City of Pullman and Whitman County in case of a widespread outbreak. If you are planning to return to Pullman and are coming from an area with a high rate of community transmission, you should be prepared to quarantine at your off‑campus residence for 14 days. You may not be allowed to use the University’s recreational or other facilities, including community spaces, until proof of quarantine has been provided. More information will be shared with WSU Pullman students prior to the start of the semester.