CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS


Eastern Washington University has been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Latest Updates

As of 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. What’s new?


Mask Requirements

Beginning Friday, June 26, every Washingtonian will be required to wear a facial covering when in a public space. The mask mandate includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces.

More information and Exemptions   Eagle Strong Masks


Reporting Cases

To help minimize the risk of potential exposure on EWU’s Cheney campus, the university’s Office of Risk, Compliance and Procurement has developed an online form to provide an easy method for reporting a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, or for reporting close contact with a person who has contracted the virus.

Case Reporting Form


Returning to the Office

Office-based workers are invited to return to their offices effective Monday, June 1, 2020. Employees are required to take an online training and review a return to work guide before coming to campus. More information about EWU’s safety and health requirements:

EWU Phase II Limited Operations


What’s Open?

New Messages

Sent to all employee emails June 25, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Please take time to reviewed the important EWU news article posted today on Inside EWU regarding COVID-19.  The article provides details on the following:

  • New requirements to wear face masks beginning Friday, June 26th in response to the Order issued by Governor Jay Inslee;
  • How to obtain a university-supplied reusable mask;
  • How to file a report of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19; and
  • Link to EWU’s COVID-19 resource page

You can access the article on Inside EWU at https://inside.ewu.edu/.

If you have questions regarding these updates,  you can contact Human Resources at 509.359.2381.

Deborah Danner, J.D.
Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Sent to all employee emails May 28, 2020 – see email for important attachments

Good Afternoon,

As of May 22, 2020, the Governor’s Office approved Spokane, Pend Oreille and Stevens County to progress to Phase 2 of the “Safe Start” Recovery plan.  Under Phase 2, employees who perform professional services, which means employees who perform office based occupations, can begin returning to work onsite in these counties on June 1, 2020.  The University has spent the past few days preparing safety plans to support this transition.

Employee Guide and Training

You will find attached the Employee Guide for Returning to Work During COVID-19 Pandemic.  All employees who will be working on site, including those who have remained on campus over the past few weeks, must review this document.  The Guide details new procedures that employees will be expected to comply with as we move into Phase 2.

Additionally, employees who will be working on site, including those who have remained on campus over the past few weeks, are also required to complete Return to Work Training which can be accessed at https://canvas.ewu.edu/enroll/NKNT6T by June 8, 2020 or within one week of return to campus.

How do I Prepare to Return to Work

You will need to work with your supervisor to coordinate arrangements for your return.

As you return to work, you will need to ensure you have your keys or prox card because buildings remain closed to the public, except for the PUB.  Employees must be free of symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 before reporting to work.  Each day, employees are expected to check their temperatures to ensure they are below 100.4◦ and to confirm that they do not have any shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or a new cough that is not associated with a non-COVID related illness or condition.  If employees have these symptoms, they will need to call their supervisors and not report to work.

If you are eligible to return, but feel unsafe, immediately contact your supervisor to discuss telework or leave options.  If your supervisor is willing to authorize telework, you must have a new telework agreement on file with Human Resources Office.  A copy of the telework and leave forms are attached.  If authorized to telework, employees must submit a task sheet to submit to their supervisor documenting the tasks performed while teleworking.  A copy of the task sheet form is also attached.

If you have any questions about this email, you can contact Human Resources at 359-2381 and if you have any questions about employee safety measures or Phase 2 operations, you may contact Risk Management at 359-6618.

Deborah Danner, J.D.
Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Sent to all student and employee emails May 8, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) recently notified EWU that a member of our campus community tested positive for COVID-19. While we are unable to share specific details about the case, we have been reassured by SRHD that the individual had not been on campus during the time they were contagious. The individual is currently in stable condition at their home; EWU has reached out to offer our assistance.

SRHD has been in contact with the individual and followed its contact-tracing protocols for anyone who may have been impacted. At this time, no further health or safety actions need to be taken by EWU or by our students, faculty and staff.

Moving forward, the university will only notify the campus of incidents that require broader action by our community. EWU will continue to work with the health department on contact-tracing and notifying those who may have come in contact with individuals in instances such as these.

Please continue to follow all CDC and public health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water or, if not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Consider wearing a mask

If you think you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

More information about COVID-19 and EWU’s response plan can be accessed at: www.ewu.edu/coronavirus

Sent to all student and employee emails May 5, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Today we announced our “online-first, maximum flexibility” model for instruction and campus operations this fall. This approach will help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. I want to thank our faculty experts in public health and science who provided the leadership team with counsel and insight as this framework was developed.

All courses where online instruction is possible will be developed with the goal of delivering those courses online this fall. We will identify courses that cannot be offered online, such as some labs, so they can be approved for face-to-face instruction while following public health guidelines and reducing health risks to students, faculty, and staff.

This plan allows for flexibility: online offerings could switch to face-to-face instruction or a hybrid model if public health restrictions ease. Likewise, if health concerns increase, all courses can shift online using the existing class meeting schedule.

This approach will help students as they plan their schedules, mitigating disruption in their progress toward a degree.

While the first-year live-on requirement has been waived, residential halls and dining operations will be open for students who choose to live on campus. Only one student per room will be permitted; facilities will be cleaned and sanitized frequently. Housing staff will assist residents with social distancing practices and guidance on how to follow other public health measures.

We will continue to monitor and reassess the ongoing situation and, following directives from public health and government officials, make adjustments as needed in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community.

As always, I deeply appreciate everyone’s flexibility, thoughtfulness, and creativity as we face the complexities of this situation.

If you have questions, please submit them to my Q & A page.

Best wishes,

Mary Cullinan
President

Sent to all student and employee emails April 30, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Inslee announced that Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive will extend past May 4. That announcement, intended to continue reducing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, does not affect Eastern’s current operations.

Tomorrow the governor will release more information about reopening the state. If that message affects Eastern’s operational plans, I will let you know.

EWU remains open, and we are not in suspended operations.

I know many of you want to return to campus. Many of you are eagerly awaiting a decision regarding Fall 2020. We expect to announce plans soon, with the well-being of students, faculty, and staff our most vital concern.

To help guide our approach, I’ve asked our very own public health experts to advise us, helping to ensure our plans are thoughtful, deliberate, and grounded in science:

  • Krisztian Magori, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
  • Katie Taylor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Sarah Mount, EdD, Program Director, Undergraduate Public Health
  • David Line, PhD, Program Director, Public Health

Many thanks to these faculty for offering to provide their knowledge and insight.

And thanks to all of you, as always, for your ongoing support of one another during these difficult times.

Mary Cullinan
President

Sent to all student emails April 24, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your commitment to staying home and reducing physical interactions throughout spring term.

Social distancing strategies can take a toll on our physical health, social connections, and personal wellbeing. Here are our top five strategies, with helpful apps, to overcome these challenges and bring back control to your life.

1. Build a routine. Develop recurring to-do lists that lead to healthy habits. Be sure to include regular sleep times, targeting 7-9 hours each day. This will ensure you have the energy and focus you need to be active throughout the day.

Recommended app: Productive. Productive will coach you through small steps towards healthy habits. You can track good habits like flossing, eating healthy foods, and performing yoga.


2. Maintain a balanced diet. Fuel your body with the things you need to stay focused on school and more active during your free time. If nutrition is something you’ve struggled with, EWU’s Dining Services can help. Contact Natalie Stine at nstine@ewu.edu.

Recommended app: MyFitnessPal. MyFitnessPal allows you to record the food you eat each day, tracking micro and macronutrients. This app also allows you to see your calorie intake and compare it against your energy output for the day.


3. Dedicate time and space. Designate different spaces in your home where you work, exercise, eat, and sleep. Do the same with your daily schedule: identify and protect your times for work, play, and exercise (aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week).

Recommended app: Outlook. Outlook enables you to keep tabs on your school and personal email while also managing your personal schedule.


4. Engage with supportive communities. Active lifestyles are easier to maintain when you are a part of a supportive community. Keep in touch with your communities by following #EaglesOutside on social media or simply calling a friend to talk while taking a walking break outside.

Recommended app: Strava. Strava allows you to follow people in your local community and participate in various challenges. Check out the Eastern Washington University club on Strava to see other members of the EWU community who choose to be active.


5. Embrace the virtual. Several health and fitness companies have stepped up to help support active lifestyles through virtual platforms. Many of these platforms are specifically for college students. Below is a list of resources that can ease your transition into a “Stay Home, Stay Active” lifestyle.

Recommended apps:


Contact Chris Hoppe, Associate Director of Campus Recreation, at 509.359.7394 for more information. The Campus Recreation team is here for you through this challenging period.

You got this.

Chris Hoppe
Associate Director of Campus Recreation

Sent to all student and employee emails April 21, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

Now that we’re well into spring term, I’m receiving many questions about summer and fall. We still don’t know whether Governor Inslee will extend the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive beyond May 4; however, I know how important it is for students, faculty, and staff to be able to plan. Living with uncertainty is very difficult for all of us. Nonetheless, the health and wellness of our Eastern family are paramount.

We can’t make a decision about fall classes until we have more information. I’ll communicate with the campus as soon as possible. Updates are posted at www.ewu.edu/coronavirus.

In the meantime, this is the plan for summer:

  • All quarter and semester classes will be held online. By June 1, leadership will decide on any face-to-face exceptions for the second four-week session of quarter and semester summer sessions.
  • EWU is not planning to host any face-to-face summer camps prior to fall term.
  • The URC and athletic facilities, including the swimming pool, will continue to remain closed through summer.
  • The PUB will continue to have limited operations and access for students, faculty, and staff. Please use the 2nd-floor entryway to access the laptop kiosk, ATM, printer station, and Union Market. The first and third floors are closed to the public and accessible to authorized personnel only.
  • All food services, with the exception of Union Market, will be closed. Union Market will continue to offer “grab and go” meals only.
  • The EWU Eagle Store’s physical location will remain closed through summer. Items may still be purchased online. Staff are available by phone and email to provide customer service.

In addition, we’ve made these decisions regarding Fall 2020:

  • EWU will suspend the housing live-on requirement for Academic Year 2020-21.
  • Residence halls will be available in academic year 2020-21 for students who want or need that option.
  • University Apartments will be available for those who qualify.

I’ll communicate with the campus as soon as more information becomes available. I appreciate your patience and understanding.

As always, my thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time.

Mary Cullinan
President

Sent to all student emails April 16, 2020

Eastern Washington University Administrative Updates – 4.16.20

Mary Cullinan, President
David May, Provost, Vice President Academic Affairs
Mary Voves, Vice President, Business and Finance
Rob Sauders, Vice President, Student Affairs
Barb Richey, Vice President, Advancement

As we move forward through spring, executive leadership will continue to provide as much information as possible through a variety of media. Over the last two weeks, we’ve held town halls, provided timely information via email and social media, and continued to update the coronavirus website for faculty, staff, and students as well as for families, alumni, and other external constituencies. We were pleased to see hundreds of participants tuning in to the town halls we’ve held so far. The president and vice presidents plan to hold another town hall next Thursday, April 23, 10:30-11:30 AM (more information to come).

The following are updates on areas about which we’ve received numerous questions during town halls and on the website:

June Commencement ceremonies

We will not hold graduation ceremonies face-to-face in June. This is one of the most difficult decisions the leadership team has made in these trying times. We know how important it is to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. The graduation team has already shifted gears, working on a virtual alternative. As those plans become clearer, we’ll share them with the campus. We will also invite all graduates to walk at future Commencement ceremonies.

Summer term

Classes will be entirely online for the first summer session (which starts June 22). We’re hopeful that it might be possible to allow limited options for face-to-face offerings during the second summer session (which starts July 20). If the public health situation allows for safely offering some classes, these would remain limited to labs and practicum courses that cannot be taught online for reasons of licensure or program accreditation.

Allowing even a limited number of specific courses will be decided only if we can continue to keep our students, faculty, staff, and communities safe. We will follow guidelines from public health officials or the Governor as we plan for Summer 2020 and for Fall 2020.

The Student Care Team

Please know that the Student Care Team is available to assist students who are having difficulties or need assistance. To centralize the high volume of requests the Student Care Team is receiving, Student Affairs has created two online intake forms.

If you are a student and wish to connect with the Student Care Team, please click Student Intake Form. If you are a concerned faculty, staff, or community member and wish to alert us about a student needing assistance, please click ICARE.

Catalyst Building and Interdisciplinary Science Center

The Catalyst construction has been moving forward on schedule. We’re still planning to move into the building in time for Fall 2020 classes. We’re also developing contingency plans in case there are delays to the schedule.

ISC construction has been halted while we’ve been directed to shelter in place. We’re negotiating with the contractor to resume construction. Although the project has slowed, we’re confident that it will be completed close to its original estimate; however, we don’t know right now when the building will be completed and ready for occupancy.

The EWU Eagle Store, library, URC, and all athletic facilities

These will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. Please visit their respective websites for information on the limited services they are continuing to provide.

Pence Union Building (PUB)

The PUB remains open for “grab and go” food service at Union Market and is accessible via the second floor entrance only. The laptop kiosk and printer station have been moved from the third floor to the second floor. The first and third floors are restricted to staff only.

AVP for Equity and Inclusion

Every member of university leadership is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus and in our community. However, the search process for an AVP has been halted while we are sheltering in place.

As we are late in initiating a search process this academic year, and as our campus situation remains uncertain, we’ve decided to find an expert in our own community to help us chart a course toward more diversity, equity, and inclusion and a more welcoming learning environment. The provost and his team are focused on that planning and will have more information shortly.

Meanwhile, the Multicultural Center and the Pride Center continue to function remotely—and will function as normal when face-to-face interactions are possible again.

Giving Joy Day

We’re delighted by the results of Giving Joy Day: $275,805.18 was raised as a final total. We received 370 individual gifts from 279 donors; 191 of the donors were EWU faculty and staff. The donations will help support student scholarships, the food pantry, and the Student Emergency Fund.

Thank you to everyone who donated! The support makes a huge difference for our students.

We continue to learn wonderful stories of ways in which Eastern students, faculty, and staff are going above and beyond during this difficult time—thank you! Be sure to read about them on InsideEWU. Just look for those labeled Eagle Strong.

Students, we miss you! We hope to see you back on campus very soon. We’ll continue to communicate as information becomes available. Please be safe and keep those close to you safe as well.

Sent to all student and employee emails April 15, 2020

In-person commencement has been cancelled.

Dear Campus Community:

Every year at Commencement, we celebrate our students’ academic accomplishments. Walking across the stage, hearing your name called in front of your classmates, family, and friends, is an experience like no other.

This year, unfortunately, the global pandemic has forced us all to reset gatherings, celebrations, and holidays. We can’t hold a traditional Commencement ceremony this spring.

Although we can’t bring everyone together physically this year, we’re committed to celebrating our graduates. Thus, we’re planning a virtual Commencement for our Class of 2020 semester and quarter program graduates.

Please join us online on Saturday, June 13, for this celebration. Information about the virtual ceremony will be updated here: https://inside.ewu.edu/commencement/schedule-of-ceremonies/

In addition, if you would have walked the stage this spring, I invite you to participate in traditional Commencement ceremonies in spring 2021. (If health restrictions are lifted by then, we may even explore holding a special in-person graduation ceremony in Fall 2020.)

Class of 2020, your perseverance and dedication through these challenging times make you a shining example of Eagle spirit and grit. I’m so proud of you! And I look forward to celebrating your success at our virtual Commencement ceremony. Watch for more information coming your way.

Stay safe, and be well.

Mary Cullinan
President

Sent to all employee emails April 14, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 today (see Link), amending Proclamation 20-05, which prevents all employers, public or private, from failing to provide accommodation to high risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that protects them from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease on the job.

Specifically:

  1. The employer must offer high-risk employees alternative work assignments, including telework, alternative, or remote work locations, if feasible, and social distancing measures:
  2. If an alternative work assignment is not feasible, or the employee declines, the employer must allow the employee to use any accrued leave or seek unemployment benefits;
  3. The employer must maintain the employee’s health insurance benefits;
  4. The employer is prohibited from permanently replacing high-risk employees.

This proclamation was issued April 13, 2020 and expires on June 12, 2020, unless extended by the Governor.

The safety and welfare of our employees is of primary concern to Eastern Washington University.  If you are at high-risk, as defined by the CDC, (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html) and would like to request an accommodation under the Proclamation, please complete the leave form which is available.  If you have any questions you can contact Human Resources at 359-2381.

Deborah Danner, J.D.
Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Sent to all resident student emails April 3, 2020

We hope this finds you safe, healthy and staying home! Yesterday, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to Monday, May 4. With that in mind, we want to update you on a few items related to EWU Housing:

Timelines for Moving:

  • If you are not planning to live on campus spring quarter, but have not yet moved out your belongings, you must remove them within 7 days after the stay home order is lifted. Your spring quarter charges will remain on your account until your belongings have been removed.
  • If you are remaining on campus for spring, but are not currently here, you do not have to be here by Sunday, but you need to move as soon as you come back. We will turn off your access on Monday so you will need to call your hall’s on-call number when you arrive to move.
  • If you are remaining on campus, and you are currently here, you must be moved by end-of-day Sunday, April 5.

Parking:

  • If you have an annual parking pass, it will work at your new hall assignment.
  • If you did not purchase an annual pass, you need to purchase a spring quarter pass online.
  • Parking enforcement will resume on Monday, April 6.

Dining:

  • Take-out service only – no dine-in. Please honor marked spacing on the floors for social distancing. Dining staff will be monitoring how many customers are in any given space.
  • Union Market Hours:
    • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Einstein’s Bagels (offering GrubHub ordering at this location)
    • 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Connecting:

Being apart from our friends, families and fellow human beings in general has already been a struggle for the last week and a half, and now we are looking at another month. We’ve got you covered!

  • Your hall on-call number isn’t just for emergencies and move-outs anymore! Please call your hall on-call number if you need anything, even if that is just to chat!
  • Housing and Residential Life staff will be reaching out to you in the next week or two to check-in.
  • Student Support and Advocacy, well-being coaching, and Counseling and Psychological Services all continue to be available to you. If you are struggling at all, reach out. We all need support during this time. For more information on these services visit inside.ewu.edu/student-support-advocacy.
  • Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership has created a page entirely focused on your virtual entertainment. Visit inside.ewu.edu/sail/virtual-events to check it all out!
  • Intramurals will be offering eSports opportunities this quarter. Details for leagues coming soon!

Staying Healthy:

You play a critical role, not only in your own health, but in the health of every member of your community, the staff serving you, and their families. The only way to get through this is together!

Please continue to practice the following:

  • Social distancing:
    • Stay 6 feet away from others at all times.
    • Do not bring visitors into the residence halls – we do not want to add their germs to the mix!
    • Remain in your room whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands…frequently…for 20 full seconds (perhaps sing the EWU Fight Song). Seriously.
  • Wipe things down in your room regularly. If you do not have the appropriate cleaning supplies, call the on-call phone and we will work to get some disinfectant to you.
  • If you start to feel sick, please call the on-call phone so we can plan next steps with you.
  • Call your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

This is an incredibly challenging time. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to keep everyone healthy! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything at all. Stay healthy!

EWU Housing and Residential Life

Sent to all student and employee emails April 2, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

This evening Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive until May 4 to reduce further the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EWU remains open, and we are not in suspended operations.

Following the governor’s directive, EWU will maintain its current approach to operations until further notice:

  • All instruction for spring term will continue online.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should continue social distancing practices and other preventive measures.
  • University housing and dining operations will continue to provide limited service.
  • All employees who are able to telework must do so.
  • Campus buildings are closed to the general public. Certain buildings and offices, such as the PUB, will have limited access and hours while providing essential services.

EWU will continue to assess how this directive impacts the university’s operations through the remainder of the academic year. We will follow up with any additional information or directions. Meanwhile, please continue to operate as you have done since the order was originally implemented.

I know this directive is challenging for many of us. Truly, this situation is unprecedented. My thoughts are with you and your families during these difficult weeks. Your patience, understanding, and courage will help carry our university—and all of us—through this extraordinary and frightening time.

Mary Cullinan
President

About

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

Cases within the United States are continuing to increase.  This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is providing updated information as it becomes available, and we are in frequent contact with the Spokane Regional Health District to monitor the situation.

As part of its comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, a living document that changes and conforms to each individual event on campus, EWU has a section dedicated to how it responds to communicable diseases, such as coronavirus. View the document.

Text: Questions about COVID-19? Call the WA State Dept of Health: 1.800.525.0127 and press # or visit srhd.org/covid19The Washington State Department of Health has established an information line to answer questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms – please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Prevention

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.

How to Sew a Face Mask (NY Times)

How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask (Oregonian)

Additionally, the CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

In some parts of the world, mask use is customary. People wear masks often for a variety of reasons, including to avoid pollen and air pollution, as a courtesy to others when they have the common cold, and for other cultural and even social reasons.

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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.
  • It is also recommended that you remove any communal candy dishes or sharing of food that is not individually wrapped.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person to person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. The principle mode of transmission is still thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets that travel up to six feet in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. This transmission is similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

The CDC has issued new guidance.

People with COVID-19 who experienced symptoms and stayed home (home isolated) can leave home under the following conditions:

If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:

  • You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
    AND
  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
    AND
  • you received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, people with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk to develop complications from COVID-19 infection. The Department of Health has created guidelines to help you plan and prepare in the event of needing to limit time in public or if you become sick.

As with any natural or human-inflicted disaster, the novel coronavirus outbreak presents an added layer of stress and worry for members of our EWU community who have personal connections to the affected area. This is a critically-important time for all of us to reinforce a community of care on our campus and support one another.

If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students:

Coronavirus is not specific to any ethnicity or race. Racist behavior and stereotyping are not tolerated at Eastern Washington University.

Faculty, instructors, and staff cannot tell students or employees to stay home based on their recent travel history or perceived nation of origin.

If individuals believe they are being treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action & ADA Compliance at 509.359.6612.

At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or be a source of infection in the United States. Learn More

Campus Services

EWU is offering Wi-Fi coverage in several campus parking lots in an effort to provide students and employees with internet access from the safety of their own vehicles. The temporary access is now available in these Cheney campus parking lots: Roos Field parking lot, Hargreaves-Isle parking lots, Showalter parking lot, Visitor Center parking lot and Sutton-Martin parking lot.

Those who do not have parking permits should indicate that they are using Wi-Fi if approached by parking enforcement. Tickets will not be issued in that situation.

The Pence Union Building (PUB) is only accessible via the plaza (west/back entrance). The first and third floors are unavailable, and visitors must remain on the second floor. There is limited seating available.

The laptop kiosk and printing station have both been temporarily relocated to the second floor to ensure these resources remain available.

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To align with Gov. Inslee’s directive for restaurants to offer only “to-go” or “delivered meals,” EWU Dining Services will only offer take-out service, no dine-in. Spacing has been marked on floors to control lines, and social distancing measures will be monitored for all customers. Grocery and convenience items will still be sold at the Union Market in the normal fashion.

Beginning April 6, dining hours will be:

  • Union Market
    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Einstein’s Bagels
    7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Online ordering offered through the Grub Hub app

All spring meal plans have been adjusted to include $250 in Flex dollars to offer residential students greater access to Cheney merchants.

The EWU Food Pantry Program will continue to be stocked and accessible on a limited basis due to the closure of most campus buildings. At this time, the Central Pantry in Tawanka Hall will be open on Tuesdays, 1-4:30 p.m. Please contact the Office of Community Engagement with questions.

Spokane Campus Pantry Info

Please visit WSU’s COVID-19 Updates for Spokane Students page (note: not all services are available to EWU students).

The physical location of the EagleCard Office is currently closed to the public. Services are still offered remotely via email and phone.

Beginning April 6, students and employees needing assistance in-person will be assigned a slot between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Mondays and Fridays. Options are still being considered for individuals not able to return to campus. Office appointments will be 5-10 minutes long, depending on what services are needed. Preparations will be made by EagleCard staff prior to appointments to maintain best practices for social distancing.

Questions: eaglecard@ewu.edu or 509.359.6184

EagleCard Office Information Page

EWU is closed to the public effective March 20. During this time we will not be offering tours. When the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is lifted, admissions will continue to offer on-campus tours but will be taking proactive measures, such as limiting the size of tours.

EWU Admissions staff are working to quickly develop virtual tours and other online experiences for future students and their families. More

In response to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, the JFK building is closed. Many library and learning commons services are in operation online.

Library Services Offered Online 2020

The EWU Sports & Recreation Center (SRC/PHASE) and University Recreation Center (URC) will be closed for recreational purposes from March 16 until April 27.

Online sections of Fast Fitness are currently being developed for spring quarter.

Though the EWU Eagle Store’s physical location is closed for the time being, you can still place online orders and have them shipped to you.

The PUB’s 3rd Floor Laptop Kiosk has been moved to the 2nd Floor. Both the Laptop Kiosk and the print/scan station in the PUB are open with reduced hours coinciding with the building. The PUB Technology Center is closed.

Other computer labs will be open as long as the buildings in which they reside are open (most buildings other than the PUB are closed to the public until the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is lifted).

The Career Center has updated their materials for online delivery and has migrated all of their services online. All career advising appointments, resume and job search assistance as well as employer interviews are being facilitated virtually. Advisors are assisting students through a variety of online, email and telephone services.

Please visit the EWU Career Center website for more information.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) remains committed to supporting student wellbeing and resilience, and is responding to COVID-19 by moving services online. In accordance with social distancing protocols, most individual counseling during spring quarter will be provided via telephone or videoconference (Zoom) sessions.

CAPS will continue to have clinicians available for walk-in or, currently, phone-in sessions. These brief sessions remain available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. For students who have not been clients of CAPS, online forms will need to be completed prior to speaking with a counselor. Please visit the CAPS website for how to reach out and access services.

Additional services remain available at CAPS including biofeedback resources and TAO self-help online modules.

Please check their websites or contact the centers for the most up-to-date information.

The YMCA Children’s Center at EWU is closed until Washington’s stay-at-home order is lifted. Parents and families have been notified.

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Yes. For campus safety and easy access for first responders, normal campus parking rules and procedures are still being enforced. EWU Parking and Transportation Services customer service is available over the phone (509.359.7275) and electronically (parking@ewu.edu).

Refunds may be issued for spring quarter parking permits if you choose to not return to campus, or pro-rated for annual permits.

Please consult the campus directory and contact the individual office or department for their current operational schedule.

As of Friday, April 10, the following campus services and locations remain open:


What’s closed?

All employees who are able to telework must do so. As a result, most buildings on campus will remain closed to the public until further notice, including:

  • Eagle Store 
  • PUB Technology Center
  • EWU/YMCA Children’s Center (closed until the stay-at-home order is lifted)
  • JFK Library (many services available online)
  • Parking & Transportation (normal parking rules still apply)
  • Spokane Academic Library (limited access via remote operations)
  • Spokane Fitness Center (WSU Health Sciences Campus)
  • Sports & Recreation Center (SRC/PHASE, Aquatic Center)
  • University Recreation Center (URC, ice rink, climbing wall)

Future Student Assistance

Yes. Students may now submit an alternative to the SAT or ACT in order to receive an admission decision. All policies and updates about test-optional admission can soon be found online for freshman and transfer students.

Students who have already taken the SAT or ACT may submit unofficial copies of test scores and still receive an admission decision.

For now, students may submit unofficial transcripts from their high school or college. Students will still need to provide copies of official transcripts before attending classes. In addition, official transcripts are still necessary to receive credit for college courses that students transfer to EWU.

Yes. The previous May 1 admissions and financial aid deadlines for future students have been moved to June 1.

EWU is closed to the public.  Pending the governor’s orders, admissions will continue to offer on-campus tours but will be taking proactive measures, such as limiting the size of tours.

We are offering virtual tours and other online experiences for future students and their families. More

EWU Admissions is here to answer all your questions. Please visit our Admissions Contact page to get in touch with us via chat, text, email or phone.

EWU Admissions recognizes that future students face challenges when accessing documents and test centers, which is why EWU is offering expanded options immediately.

Beginning immediately, future EWU students can receive an admissions decision by submitting an alternative to an SAT/ACT test. EWU has also changed its May 1 admissions deadline to June 1, and students may submit unofficial transcripts. We’re proud to lead the state in ensuring access to higher education during this difficult time.

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Parents & Families

There are currently no restrictions placed on students who are already living on campus.

Students who live on campus are asked to remain in their rooms where possible, practice social distancing, and comply with health and safety guidelines.

Housing will continue to staff our residence halls appropriately, including Community Advisors, Campus Police, custodians, and maintenance staff to ensure the overall safety and health of our students. Learn more

As of Friday, March 20, all face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the academic year has been suspended. This includes all internships, labs and practica that require face-to-face contact. Students who do not wish to live on campus should contact the Housing Office to file for an exception to withdraw. For those who already committed to living on campus during spring quarter and wish to withdraw, no cancellation fee will be assessed. Learn more

There are additional rooms available and a plan in place to safely provide housing options for impacted students. If your student is concerned about their wellness due to a sick roommate, they are strongly encouraged to contact the Housing Office to discuss options for moving to a different room.

As of Friday, March 20, all face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the academic year has been suspended. This includes all internships, labs and practica that require face-to-face contact. Students may still enroll for course credits if their work in these programs can be completed in a non-face-to-face format. Your student should reach out to their department chair or program director for further guidance.

At this point in time, EWU continues to require MMR immunizations for students. We do not have any plans in place yet to require additional immunizations.

Travel & Study Abroad

All travel must be approved by a vice president or the provost. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine what travel may be considered essential.

Effective March 2, 2020, EWU has suspended Individual Student Study Abroad Programming and requested that all students currently abroad return to the U.S. Please see more information below for individual students currently overseas on Study Abroad Programming:

  1. Student are to return home from study abroad by Friday, March 6, 2020. Students should send an email or screenshot of their return itinerary to Elena Axton (eaxton@ewu.edu).
  2. Students are to contact their air carriers themselves to arrange their return; students should be sure to contact the official carrier site.
  3. Students are to return to their homes, not to campus, from abroad. Even students who have homes in Cheney should go to their home addresses but remain away from campus.
  4. All study abroad is on hold.
  5. EWU can reimburse up to $500 in expenses documented to be due to an early return. Students can apply for more funding with complete receipts and records.
  6. Students who had planned to be abroad longer and had arranged housing abroad will be able to stay on campus in a dorm for free for spring quarter 2020.
  7. EWU is in no way liable for students who choose not to return at this time.
  8. EWU is in no way responsible for side trips or non-approved programs study-related travel.
  9. EWU cannot pay additional expenses for students quarantined abroad because of any delay in travel.
  10. CAAR will work individually with students and their faculty to ensure that they will not lose progress to degree.

Students currently overseas on EWU Education Abroad programs or students planning to travel should reach out to their Education Abroad advisor, Elena Axton (eaxton@ewu.edu or 509.481.1128) and monitor this webpage for updates and guidance.

No. As of March 19, The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Learn More

The travel implications of the health situation are changing quickly. At present, all travel abroad is on hold for EWU students. US travel is currently inadvisable but may be permitted in some critical situations.  It is also inadvisable to invest non-refundable dollars toward EWU-related travel for the immediate future. For more travel tips and warnings, please visit the CDC.

This website will be the place to find all updates for the future.

Health Services & Testing

MultiCare Rockwood is prepared and ready to care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Their clinical teams have been trained on how to identify, isolate, and care for patients with this or other contagious illnesses. All clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep patients and healthcare workers safe, and they work closely with the CDC, and local and state public health departments to implement their guidance.

For more information, please visit their website.

If you develop the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or has traveled to one of the areas with widespread COVID-19 in the communityplease call your health care provider before going into the clinic.

For staff or students that receive their care through Multicare Rockwood, they are assessing symptoms when you call the clinic. MultiCare is currently offering free e-visits to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms through MultiCare Virtual Care, where providers will also help you navigate to the next appropriate step. Use promo code “COVID19” at the payment page to unlock the free e-visit after completing their protocol.

Due to high Virtual Care volumes, response times may take up to 24 hours.

If you are experiencing severe breathing problems or other serious health issues, please go to the emergency department closest to you.

Should any EWU community member be diagnosed with COVID-19, we work together with Spokane Regional Health District to initiate appropriate protocols and communication to protect the health of anyone deemed to be at risk.

NOTE: The Cheney Clinic is only conducting specific appointments in person and is not doing walk-ins. They can assist you in finding services by calling 509.235.6151. Alternatives may include a virtual visit or services at a clinic outside of Cheney.

Feedback, Questions & Reporting

All members of the university community should report positive COVID-19 diagnoses or share their concerns and questions using the form below.

Give Feedback or Report a Case

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