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Need a COVID-19 Test? We Can Help

Who Should Get Tested and When?

As informed by current CDC Guidelines.

Unvaccinated Students – Diagnostic Testing

  • Get tested right away if you are having symptoms of COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) until you receive a negative test result.
  • 5-7 days after a known close contact with COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.
  • If instructed to do so by your school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

Vaccinated Students – Diagnostic Testing

You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer or Moderna) or single dose of Janssen (J&J) vaccine.

  • Get tested right away if you are having symptoms of COVID. Wear a mask and quarantine (stay home) until you receive a negative test result.
  • If you are told by a contact tracer that you have had a close contact to a person with COVID, or if you otherwise meet the criteria of having a close contact, you should wait to get tested until 5-7 days after you were exposed.
    • Continue to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after the exposure or until receiving a negative test result. If you are fully vaccinated you may return to a WSU location as long as you do not experience any COVID-like symptoms

Diagnostic Testing for Students

Student COVID testing services are provided by Incyte Diagnostics, which is a licensed independent laboratory not part of WSU.  Incyte Diagnostic will bill students or their health insurer directly for the laboratory services they perform.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED AND MUST BE SCHEDULED THROUGH INCYTE DIAGNOSTICS

  • Appointments are available Monday-Friday. See hours page for break hours and closures.
  • Please bring your CougarCard and proof of insurance*.
    • *Students who do not have insurance or are underinsured can work with Incyte Diagnostics and may be asked to fill out additional paperwork to reduce financial burden.
  • Results will be posted in your CHS Patient Portal. Testing is performed by Incyte Diagnostics. Please direct any questions regarding billing and/or payment for laboratory services directly to Incyte Diagnostics.
  • Follow state and local health mandates upon your visit, including the use of masks.
  • LOCATION: Cougar Health Services, Washington Building. East Entrance, lower lot. 
  • If you are confused or lost, please call 509-335-3575. Do not enter other buildings for assistance.

Screening Testing for Travel Purposes

Screening testing is available by appointment only. The student and their insurance will be billed for the appointment and any associated costs. Cougar Health Services is not able to provide screening tests for admission into athletic, concerts, or large events.

If testing appointments are full or you prefer to receive COVID-19 testing off campus, you can obtain testing within the Pullman 

 

 


Test Results

Negative Results

  • Your test result is negative, but you may still have COVID 19.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • If you have had COVID-19 symptoms, continue to stay home and away from others until all 3 criteria are met :
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If you have not had COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you do not need to isolate or quarantine at home.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and away from others, and consult with a healthcare provider.

Please contact Cougar Health Services (509) 335-3575, if you develop new symptoms or symptoms worsen. For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.

Positive Results

  • Your COVID-19 test was positive, indicating that you have COVID-19.  You will be called by a public health worker to do contact tracing. It is very important that you answer their questions, so we can ensure that this does not spread to others.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can end home isolation when ALL 3 criteria are met:
    • It has been at least 24 hours with no fever without using fever-reducing medication AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • If you have not had symptoms, you can end home isolation when:
    • At least 10 days have gone by since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test, AND
    • You have not gotten sick with COVID-19

Please contact Cougar Health Services, if you develop new symptoms or symptoms worsen. For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.

“Intermediate” Results

  • Your test result was indeterminate, and your COVID status is not known. You should speak with a healthcare provider to determine if and when you should be retested, and to discuss any symptoms you may be having. Please call 509-335-3575 to schedule a telehealth appointment at Cougar Health Services, or contact another healthcare provider of your choice.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.
  • If you have had COVID-19 symptoms, continue to stay home and away from others until ALL 3 criteria are met :
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared.
  • For severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room

Additional Information About Your COVID Test

You should contact 911 immediately for any medical emergency.

Will I be charged for the COVID-19 test? We will work with our testing partners to apply any medical insurance coverage you may have in place. Diagnostic testing costs are covered by most insurance providers. For diagnostic testing, please direct any questions regarding billing and/or payment for laboratory services directly to Incyte Diagnostics.

The test for COVID-19 uses a nasal swab. A health care worker will ask you to place a swab in your nose, which may cause brief irritation such as redness, pain or discomfort, sneezing, runny nose, or other reactions. The process is generally safe. If you have a medical or mental health condition that impacts your ability to safely receive a nasal swab, or it’s something you want CHS to know before testing, please call us to make other testing arrangements.

Your test result will go to Cougar Health and will be electronically sent to you through the CHS patient portal. Watch for an email from CHS in 24-72 hours telling you to check the portal for your results.

If your test result is positive, a public health worker will call to discuss how long you need to stay home and away from others, and to identify who else could have contracted COVID-19. All test results and health information will remain confidential in accordance with the law.

If your test result is negative, and you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with that person.

You may have follow-up medical care with Cougar Health Services or another provider of your choice. It is recommended you obtain follow-up care for any symptoms. CHS can provide you with medical resources and direct you to available WSU support services you may need while you are in mandatory self-isolation or self-quarantine.

The following link from the CDC will give more details on what to do while you wait for your test results: 3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Result

Additional resources found at Whitman County Public Health

Break Hours and Holiday Closures

Winter Break and Holiday Closures

Winter Break (December 20-January 2). All services closed December 24-27, December 31, and January 1.

  • Medical Clinic | Pharmacy | Vision Clinic | Counseling and Psychological Services
    • Open December 20-23 , 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • Open 28-30, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • COVID Testing (by appointment only)
    • Open December 28-30, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

All services are closed on Sundays.


Spring 2021 Hours

Closed weekends and University Holidays

January 3 – 7

Call first for all appointments.

  • Medical Clinic | Pharmacy Monday-Friday | 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Vision Clinic Monday-Friday | 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services Monday-Friday | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • COVID Testing: Diagnostics tests and by appointment only. Monday-Friday | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

January 10 – May 6

Call first for all appointments.

  • Medical Clinic | Pharmacy Monday-Friday | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Vision Clinic Monday-Friday | 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services Monday-Friday | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • COVID Testing: Diagnostics tests and by appointment only. Monday-Friday | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Modified Spring Break Hours (March 14-18)

  • All services: Monday-Friday | 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Booster Clinics

Student checks in with CHS representative sitting at table at COVID-19 vaccine clinic on basketball court in Student Recreation Center.

Cougar Health Services is now offering COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters) to current WSU Pullman students.

  • Appointments are required. Please schedule an appointment by logging in to the patient portal.
  • Bring your CougarCard or some form of identification.

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find appointments in the community.

Current Booster Clinic Dates – Appointments Required

  • January 21 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the Student Recreation Center
  • January 28 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the Student Recreation Center

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements\

All WSU students must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or apply for an exemption. Detailed instructions about submitting documentation can be viewed here.

Vaccine and Exemption Documentation

Currently, Cougar Health Services is accepting vaccination records/exemptions for all WSU students, from all campus locations. All WSU students need to complete one of the following options.

NOTICE: It is illegal to submit fraudulent or counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards. Please see FBI Guidance. It is also illegal to claim an exemption or accommodation on false, misleading, or dishonest grounds.

Any student found to have submitted fraudulent or counterfeit records, or false, misleading, or dishonest information about their vaccination status, medical need for exemption, or their sincerely held religious beliefs will be referred to the Center for Community Standards. Consequences may include but are not limited to expulsion from the university.

Upload Proof of Vaccination

If you were vaccinated in the state of Washington, view instructions for downloading your immunization records.

To upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click the “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine Information” button at the top of the screen.
  3. Upload a photo of your COVID-19 vaccine card or record AND type in your vaccination information in the designated area.

You’re done! Once you have completed these steps, there is nothing more to do. 

To upload proof of measles (MMR) vaccination:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….”
  4. Upload immunization record.

More information on the WSU Pullman measles MMR vaccination requirement is available online.


Exemptions

You only need to file an exemption if you are not getting vaccinated. If you file an exemption and later decide to get a vaccine, you can follow the steps above to submit your proof of vaccination.

File Medical Exemption

To file a medical exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement:

  1. Log into your Patient Portal.
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….”
  4. Upload letter/documentation from a licensed healthcare provider detailing your need for a medical exemption.
    1. After you upload your documentation, it will be reviewed by Cougar Health Services staff. Cougar Health Services will contact you if there are any issues with your uploaded documentation.
  5. Within two (2) business days you will receive an exemption form in your Patient Portal
    1. Log into your Patient Portal.
    2. To access the form, click “Consent Forms” in the left menu.
    3. You must fill this form out to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed.

File Religious Exemption

To file a religious exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement:

  1. Complete the Vaccination Educational Module. At the end of the module, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your sincerely held religious belief.
  2. Your completed form will be sent for committee review. All personally identifiable information will be removed prior to review. Submit your requests as soon as possible. Reviews will likely take a minimum of two weeks after your exemption request is received. This will impact your ability to register for classes.
  3. Approval or denial of your exemption will be emailed to your WSU email address. Approved exemptions/accommodations will also be shared with Cougar Health Services for compliance purposes. Student employees will also have results shared with Human Resource Services to meet Proclamation 21-14.1.
  4. If approved, you will receive a consent form in your Patient Portal (within 3 business days of approval).
    1. Click “Consent Forms” in the left-hand menu.
    2. Complete the ‘’Request for Immunization Exemption” form
  5. If denied, you will need to schedule an appointment to get a vaccine or provide documentation for a medical exemption. You will also be provided information about how to appeal this decision.

Cougar Health Services is only filing documentation of religious exemptions for compliance purposes. Questions related to the religious exemption process should be sent to vaccine.exemption@wsu.edu.

All steps must be completed to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed. It may take up to 3 business days for your account to show your approved exemption and to be marked compliant.

Personal Exemptions

In light of the recent FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine and changes to exemptions, we are not processing new personal exemption requests. Medical exemptions and exemptions for sincerely held religious beliefs will still be allowed. Updates will be posted here as soon as the updated exemption process is made available.


Exemption FAQ’s

Cougar Health Services is only filing documentation of religious exemptions for compliance purposes. Questions related to the religious exemption process should be sent to vaccine.exemption@wsu.edu.

I’ve already submitted a religious exemption. Why do I have to resubmit?

WSU is working hard to streamline its processes as much as possible. Students working in K-12 and healthcare settings and student employees are subject to stricter requirements for religious exemptions. Rather than have multiple processes, WSU would like all students to be evaluated on the same criteria.

What is the review process for religious exemptions?

A panel of WSU faculty and staff from all WSU campuses will review each exemption request individually. Panel membership will consist of those with expertise in religions, diverse backgrounds, and legal accommodations. Personally identifiable information will be removed prior to panel review.

My request was denied. What do I do?

If your exemption request is denied, and you wish to appeal the decision, you will be provided information on the appeal process. You will also retain the option to get vaccinated or file a medical exemption request.

 

 

Visit the Vision Clinic for Your Eyecare Needs

Rows of eyeglasses line the wall of the Vision Clinic

Our vision clinic is committed to providing professional, highly accessible vision care for WSU students. Our highly-trained eye care professionals provide comprehensive eye exams using state of the art equipment. Come visit our beautiful, modern optical retail store and see the newest styles of eyewear and sunglasses.

Appointments and services

WSU students can order glasses, contact lenses, eye drops and solutions, and eyeglass repairs. You can reach us at 509-335-0360 or online through the Patient Portal to schedule an appointment for any of the following eye care services:

  • Comprehensive eye exams
  • Contact lens fittings
  • Emergency same-day appointments for conditions such as red eye, flashes of light, floaters, and injuries to the eyes/face
  • Treatment for eye conditions such as dry eye, allergies, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration
  • Pre- and post-op Lasik care

For doctor-approved information on common eye symptoms and conditions, visit the American Optometric Association.

If you are a WSU student not located on the Pullman campus, you still have access to the vision clinic for available services. We can fill any current contact lens or glasses prescriptions and, if needed, mail them to you.

Retail store

Our vision clinic includes a retail store where students can purchase eyewear and accessories. We can fill prescriptions from our optometrist or from other providers.
If you already have a prescription from another provider, just bring it with you when you come in or provide us with the name and phone number for your eye care provider so we can call to get the prescription information.

Glasses

Our stock of eyeglass frames and sunglasses includes options to fit every budget. Prescription glasses orders usually take about five business days to arrive at the Vision Clinic.

Brands we carry include:

  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • DKNY
  • GUESS
  • Longchamp
  • Nike
  • Prada
  • Ray-Ban
  • Scott Harris
  • Timberland
  • Tom Ford
  • Toms Eyewear
  • Liberty Sport Sports Goggles

Cougar Package

If you’re purchasing eyeglasses, our Cougar Package includes selected frames, single vision polycarbonate lenses, and an anti-reflective coating for $200.

Computer eyewear

We also sell computer eyewear from GUNNAR Optiks designed to help protect eyes from artificial blue light.

Contact lenses

We stock Acuvue Oasys contact lenses for your annual supply in our retail store and we can order any other contact lens brand to fill your prescription.
Most contact lens orders arrive within 3-4 business days. If you have a current contact lens prescription and need a refill, please call us at 509-335-0360

Accessories

We carry a variety of over the counter products, including:

  • Alaway allergy relief eye drops
  • Bausch & Lomb Thera Pearl Eye Mask
  • Blink Contacts Lubricating Eye Drops
  • Clear Care contact lens disinfection solution
  • Eyeglass cases
  • Eyeglass lens cleaner
  • Non-prescription sunglasses
  • OCuSOFT Lid Scrubs
  • Purilens saline solution
  • Reading glasses
  • Retaine Dry Eye Relief
  • Sports/sunglasses straps
interior of vision clinic showing retail contacts products and eyewear

Text messaging notifications

You can sign up for text notifications in person or over the phone at any time, whether you are filling your prescription for the first time or transferring it from another vision clinic. All that you need to give us is your current cell phone number and your mobile carrier.

We will send you a text message when your glasses or contacts are ready and you can pick them up at your convenience.

Billing

As a specialty clinic, our billing and costs sometimes differ from the main medical clinic. We have a charge for office visits and collect payment at the time of your visit.

If you have an insurance plan with vision benefits, we can bill your insurance. We can help you find out what your individual coverage and costs will be, and assist you with any necessary paperwork. Contact us for details.

You can pay for medical services or retail purchases with Visa, MasterCard, check, or cash.

Staff

Our vision clinic staff is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality vision care to help keep your eyes healthy.

Our optometrist, Dr. Narula, graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2001. During her 15 years of practice, Dr. Narula has helped everyone from preschoolers in Auburn, Indiana to surgery patients in Beverly Hills, California. She takes great pride in fitting specialty contact lenses and treating dry eye syndrome. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading mystery novels and exercising.

Hours, location, and parking

Find our current hours and a map of our location on the ground floor of the Washington building. Parking is available in the gated lot in the front of the building for all vision clinic patients.

COVID-19 Vaccines Available for WSU Pullman Students

Cougar Health Services is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to current WSU Pullman students.

  • Appointments are required. Please schedule an appointment by logging in to the patient portal.
  • Bring your CougarCard or some form of identification.

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find appointments in the community.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021

All WSU students must upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or apply for an exemption. Detailed instructions about submitting documentation can be viewed here.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Male student sitting at a table working on an open laptop in the Compton Union Building.

The mental health impact of this pandemic is very real.  If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, you are not alone. Most people have never experienced such a large-scale challenge, and this one may affect our mental and physical well-being, our finances, our social connections, and the health and safety of our loved ones.  Isolation, changes in school and employment, and concern about our families and friends can increase feelings of worry, fear, and sadness. It’s even harder to navigate these challenges when we may not have access to our typical coping strategies and ways of practicing self-care.

We’re all learning new ways to cope and adapt to new daily habits and uncertainty about what the future holds. Please check out the resources below for help in developing and maintaining healthy habits, and for information about ways to access help if you need it.

Video: Navigation to Normal

In this video, Navigation to Normal: Readjusting to Life After Lockdown, you’ll hear Counseling Assistant Stephen Paup cover the transition to post-pandemic life. Learn tips to help readjust your social skills, how practicing mindfulness can lead you to focus more on the present, and more!

Video: Mental Health Resources FAQ

In this video, watch Dr. Kate Romine, a psychologist resident with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) , as she gives you a personal roadmap to the mental health resources available at CAPS. This interview, led by former Multicultural Greek Council VP of programming, Jesus Mendoza, describes CAPS services, when to reach out for help, and much more!

Real Talk Thursdays: All WSU Students

Real Talk Thursdays are weekly 30-minute mental health workshops hosted by a Cougar Health Services mental health professional. Our conversations cover a range of topics on relationships, relieving stress, allyship, and more.

Remember, Real Talk Thursdays:

  • Are free to WSU undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all campuses.
  • Occur from 1:30-2:00 p.m. via Zoom (find specific links below).

January 27 | Social Media and the Dangers of Self-Diagnosis | Join Zoom

February 3 | The “Lone Wolf” Doesn’t Work. Men Need Friends Too | Join Zoom

February 10 | Is My Relationship “Toxic?” | Join Zoom

February 17 | The Power Balance Pt. 2: Navigating Professional Boundaries for Grad Students
| Join Zoom

February 24 | Finding Your Mid-Semester Motivation | Join Zoom

March 3 | It’s Not All on You: The Systems Contributing to Your Mental Health and What to do About It | Join Zoom

March 10 | Managing Grief While Managing Life | Join Zoom

March 24 | Coping with the Stress of Graduating | Join Zoom

March 31 | Understanding Your Sexual and Gender Identities | Join Zoom

April 7 | Overcoming the Perils of Perfectionism | Join Zoom

Coping with COVID: All WSU Students

Coping with COVID is designed to teach students coping skills, how to seek help if needed, and how to provide support to others who may be in distress. This workshop will return at a later date. Check back for details! Also, inquire about a private training for your group.

Tips and Resources from our CAPS Counselors in Cougar Health Services:

Text “@Stress” to 844-486-0046 to get personalized stress management techniques sent to your phone.

We will check in with you occasionally to see how you are doing and we will send you regular tips and reminders for lowering stress, customized to your individual stress level. We have adapted some of our content to be particularly helpful in addressing COVID-19 related stress.

You may also benefit from checking out techniques to cope with worry, stress, anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, outlined by our community partners at Palouse River Counseling (PRC).

You can join at any time and this program is available for all WSU locations. Messages and data rates may apply. To cancel messages, you can reply with “STOP.” To get more information, you can reply with “HELP.” Content within the text messaging program adheres to the WSU Privacy Policy.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be providing all services by secure Zoom or telephone. Please call the reception desk at 509-335-4511 during regular business hours to access services, whether you are a current counseling client, current psychiatry client, or a student who wants to start counseling.

Previous Real Talk Thursday Sessions

Fall 2021

  • September 9 – Coping with Re-Opening: Tips for a New Normal | Watch
  • September 16 – Navigating Academia as a BIPOC | Watch
  • September 23 – Living in the Age of Fear: Learning How to Cope | Watch
  • September 30 – Where Mental Health Meets ‘Macho’: Finding Wellbeing While Being Masculine
    | Watch
  • October 7 – The Power Balance: Navigating Professional Boundaries for Grad Students | Watch
  • October 14 – Let’s Take a Mid-Semester Breather | Watch
  • October 21 – Red Flag, Green Flag: What to Watch for in the Dating World | Watch
  • November 4 – Mental Health and the Holidays: Tips to Manage Stress | Watch

Spring 2021

  • January 28 – Self-Care During COVID: Using the 5 Senses
  • February 4 – Going from Ally to Advocate: Standing with the BIPOC Community | Watch
  • February 11 – Dating (Safely) During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Watch
  • February 18 – What’s Your Relationship Attachment Style? | Watch
  • March 4 – How to Advocate for Yourself: From the Classroom to Personal Life | Watch
  • March 11 – How Important is Sleep, Really?
  • March 25 – Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationship Communication | Watch
  • April 1 – Staying Motivated Through Zoom Fatigue
  • April 8 – Living Life for Yourself (Not Just Everyone Else) | Watch
  • April 15 – Let’s Take a Break! (Relaxation Skills)

Fall 2020

  • What’s Your Pandemic Attachment Style in Relationships? – October 1 | Watch
  • Virtually Social: Making Connections at a Distance – October 8
  • ACTivism: Being an Ally on Social Media and IRL – October 15 | Watch
  • (Un)Healthy: Signs of a Healthy vs. Toxic Relationships – October 22 | Watch
  • Tell Me Something Good! Building Healthy Positivity – October 29 | Watch
  • Managing Pre-Election Stress – October 29 | Watch
  • I Need My Space! The Stress of Staying at Home – November 5 | Watch
  • Navigating Post-Election Reactions – November 5
  • Normal Reactions to Abnormal Events – November 12 | Watch
  • Let’s Take a Breather- Relaxation During Times of Stress – November 19 | Watch

Spring 2020

  • Coping Through the Covid-19 Pandemic – April 3
  • Pain of Missing Out (POMO) in the Pandemic – April 10
  • I Need My Space!” The Stress of Staying Home and How to Cope – April 1

Handwashing: a small habit with a big impact

clasped hands under running water in a sink with soap suds

Washington State University is reminding students, faculty and staff that washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the tools identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for helping combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or flu. Handwashing prevents the spread of infections by reducing the number of germs introduced to our own bodies when touching our eyes, nose or mouth and reducing germs transferred to common objects like phones, hand rails, buttons, and door knobs.

Wash your hands often.

Washing hands at key times with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take to get rid of germs and avoid spreading germs to those around you.

When you should wash your hands:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet

Do it right.

Follow these five steps every time you wash your hands.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum “Happy Birthday” twice or sing the WSU Fight song (without all the clapping of course).
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

If soap and water aren’t available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

If you want to spread the word and not germs, you can get images, videos and posters to print and share at the CDC Health Promotion materials website. This information was provided by and adapted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information visit https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Make your health a priority this year!

Front entrances of the Washington Building

Your health plays a major role in your success as a student. We provide comprehensive care right here on campus, making it easier for you to get the care you need.

Our highly-skilled health care providers and counselors understand the unique needs of students and offer a wide range of services to support all Cougs.

We’re here for you!

Make sure you’re familiar with our services and the resources we provide.

We hope you have a wonderful year. Stay healthy, Cougs!

Individual Counseling Available During Dead and Finals Week

Student visiting with CAPS Counselor

The end of the semester can be especially stressful! This year, Cougar Health Services is offering individual counseling sessions during dead and finals week to help you navigate this busy time.

These same-day appointments will be available at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) over the next two weeks:

  • Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 6, 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Monday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 13, 9 AM – 5 PM

You can schedule an appointment by calling CAPS at 509-335-4511 on the day you would like to meet, even if you are not currently seeing a CAPS counselor. Sessions are covered by your student health fee, and no insurance is required.

If you have questions, please contact CAPS at 509-335-4511.