The health of the Cougar community is our priority. We want to provide accurate resources for current information and preventative tips to help minimize the spread of illness. Updates that are specific to the WSU community will be provided on the Cougar Health Services website.
We are working with Whitman County Public Health and other University leadership to monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. Current information about the coronavirus is provided by the CDC.
It is important to know that based on current information, the immediate health risk from coronavirus to the general U.S. population is deemed to be low at this time. The CDC has confirmed that there is limited person-to-person spread, but it is still unclear how this virus is spreading between people. While deaths have been reported in China, other patients have had milder symptoms and have been discharged from care.
We advise students to call Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 and alert a healthcare provider if they have traveled to Wuhan City within the past 14 days and they are experiencing a fever with or without respiratory symptoms.
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.
AS A REMINDER, WE ARE STILL IN AN ACTIVE FLU SEASON:
The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. For students, Cougar Health Services still has flu vaccines available. Schedule an appointment for a flu shot by calling 509-335-3575.
For more information about the Coronavirus, international travel safety, the seasonal flu, and ways to stay healthy, please visit the following links:
- Cougar Health: Protect Yourself from the Flu
- Whitman County Public Health
- CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- U.S. Department of State: Coronavirus