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Pullman Transit works with COVID-19 impact

Pullman Transit works with COVID-19 impact

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

The Coug B Express route is usually full in the morning.  On March 23, Tabitha Ries, Pullman Transit driver, only had a total of 36 passengers during her eight-hour shift. “It’s super strange,” Ries said. As the number of public transit passengers decrease over time, drivers lik...

‘I’m inspired every day’: how one Colfax nurse is handling COVID-19

‘I’m inspired every day’: how one Colfax nurse is handling COVID-19

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

B.J. Oja spends her days and nights on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. She works as a medical-surgical nurse at the Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics and is among the thousands of healthcare workers in Washington.  B.J. works the night shift. She changes out of her scrubs, takes a shower at th...

Instructors describe their transition to online teaching

Instructors describe their transition to online teaching

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

While most students and professors worried about how to resume lectures and exams through online instruction, chemistry professors worried about continuing their labs. WSU announced all classes would be transitioning to online instruction following spring break on March 11, due to COVID-19. Ryan Rice, chemistry laboratory supervisor, said the chemistry department came up ...

Health officials complete contact tracing for first 11 COVID-19 patients

Health officials complete contact tracing for first 11 COVID-19 patients

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 6, 2020

The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County rose to 12, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center.  The most recent patient is a 40-59 year old female, according to the press release. Health officials are investigating the patient’s ...

Hospital temporarily reduces employee pay following COVID-19 preparations

Hospital temporarily reduces employee pay following COVID-19 preparations

JARED BRADLEY, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital is preparing for COVID-19 by purchasing more equipment and lowering employee wages by 25 percent. According to a press release from PRH, the reduction will begin April 11 and will continue for 60 days. Pay was reduced because of the hospital’s commitment to a no layoff pol...

WSU suspends university leadership raises

WSU suspends university leadership raises

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

WSU is freezing salaries for executive leadership to prepare for potential economic turmoil as a result of COVID-19.  The university announced this decision in an email from the Office of the President and online on its COVID-19 website.  According to the announcement, the university ...

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reach double digits

Confirmed COVID-19 cases reach double digits

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

The two most recent patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County are an 18 to 44-year-old female and an 18 to 44-year-old male, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Health officials are investigating close contacts of the individuals, according ...

Officials share concerns about COVID-19 patients

Officials share concerns about COVID-19 patients

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As the health department in Whitman County continues to provide updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases, Pullman officials questioned its reasoning behind not releasing any identifying information during the online city council meeting Tuesday night. Councilmember Brandon Chapman said he knows of other counties that...

Undergrad students may choose alternate grade system

Undergrad students may choose alternate grade system

AMAAN RAHMAN, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

Students now have the option to choose a pass/fail grading system. According to the WSU’S COVID-19 website, the deadline to choose a pass/fail grading system is June 1. The choice is made on a course‑by‑course basis.  WSU students can use the pass/fail option for UCORE and Honors cours...

ASWSU still to celebrate Earth Month

ASWSU still to celebrate Earth Month

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen ASWSU reporter

April 2, 2020

All of the ASWSU’s Environmental Sustainability Alliance’s (ESA) planned events for Earth Month were cancelled because of COVID-19, but the virus will not stop them from celebrating the Earth and its environment. ESA Chair Patrick Robichard said the department is pivoting its celebration since t...

Pullman Transit adjusts routes to comply with state order

Pullman Transit adjusts routes to comply with state order

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 1, 2020

Pullman Transit will adjust routes until May because fewer people are riding buses. According to the press release, the Crimson Express and Gray Express routes will continue to operate with one less bus each, at 30-minute frequencies. The Coffee route will be suspended because some stops are shared by the Silver ...

Idaho earthquake sends shockwaves as far as Pullman, Albion

Idaho earthquake sends shockwaves as far as Pullman, Albion

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

March 31, 2020

A series of earthquakes shook the Challis National Forest and surrounding areas of Idaho about 78 miles northeast of Boise on Tuesday evening.  The largest of them, which was 6.5 on the Richter scale, was the strongest quake Idaho had seen since 1983, according to the U.S. Geological Survey webs...

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