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Students react to spring break cancelation

WSU announced last week that there would be no traditional spring break this year. The announcement experienced mixed reactions across social media, with some approving of the decision and others criticizing the administration’s lack of communication with students.

MATT HOLM, Evergreen reporter

October 22, 2020

WSU’s decision to modify the schedule for spring semester has left many students feeling displeased with university officials. “I push 18 credits a semester," said Christian Shaffer, senior double major in pre-law political science and philosophy. "I’m definitely going to have things to do o...

WSU officials explain spring break decision

WSU officials say the decision to cancel spring break is a preemptive measure against COVID-19.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

October 22, 2020

WSU officials discussed the decision to cancel spring break and delay the start of spring semester, increased availability on-campus testing as well as COVID-19-related research at an Oct. 21 COVID-19 town hall. University and Whitman County Health Department officials do not want to let students...

COVID-19 cases are rising among non-student adult population, according to WSU-issued letter

As of Tuesday, the county has confirmed a total of 1,551 COVID-19 cases, according to the Whitman County Public Health website. Age groups 1-19 and 20-39 years make up 1,221 cases. It is unknown how many of those individuals are WSU students and how many are non-students.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

October 14, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Whitman County among college-aged individuals, as is the number of cases among non-student populations, according to a letter WSU issued last week.  As of Tuesday, the county has confirmed a total of 1,551 COVID-19 cases, according to the Whitma...

Local hospital will conduct COVID-19 testing for people with doctor’s orders only

People with doctor’s orders can get tested at PRH from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing costs $150, with or without insurance.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

October 7, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital will only see patients referred by physicians for COVID-19 testing because of WSU’s increased testing efforts. Jeannie Eylar, PRH chief clinical officer, said the hospital’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing was open from Aug. 21 to Sept. 25 as a response to the spike of COVID-...

Whitman County’s COVID-19 total passes 1,400 cases

Whitman County's COVID-19 total passes 1,400 cases

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

October 5, 2020

Forty-nine individuals tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday, bringing Whitman County’s total to 1,403 cases.  Of the new patients, 10 females and 11 males are aged 1-19 years, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Nineteen patients are aged 20-39 years, nine are female and 10 are male. Two patients are females aged 40-59 years...

WSU offering COVID-19 testing to employees

The National Guard sets up for COVID-19 testing at the Steptoe apartments on the WSU campus Sept. 8, 2020.

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter

October 2, 2020

Voluntary, asymptomatic, free COVID-19 testing is available on-campus for WSU employees until Nov. 20 without need for an appointment. Student employees are not eligible to be tested, said Phil Weiler, WSU Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Unlike with the student testing, the Nationa...

WSU students’ attempt to return to normal is ‘fueling the epidemic’

WSU’S COVID-19 testing sites moved to the entrance of Beasley Coliseum due to wildfire smoke on campus Tuesday. The testing at Beasley is being conducted by the National Guard and is free for all WSU students. Testing is available on site 12-6 p.m. through Friday.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

Despite local restrictions on social gatherings and WSU’s switch to distance learning, Pullman currently has the second greatest daily COVID-19 case average by population in the U.S.  In the last 26 days, 924 cases were confirmed within Whitman County. Before that, there were 142 confirmed positive cases over an approximately five-mon...

WSU officials emphasize importance of being tested in COVID-19 town hall

WSU President Kirk Schulz said WSU wants to try different measures to address violations of COVID-19 guidelines in a town hall.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 11, 2020

WSU established a portal for students to report on events and activities that do not follow COVID-19 guidelines, according to administrative officials during the virtual town hall on Thursday evening.  Jill Creighton, WSU dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs, said WSU...

National Guard administers 135 COVID-19 tests in two days

National Guard testing site relocated to a ride-share parking lot located by the Chief Joseph Village apartments and the Valley Road Playfields.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2020

The Washington National Guard administered 45 COVID-19 tests at the Steptoe Village Apartments on Wednesday and 90 on Tuesday, but the testing location will change today where they will remain for the rest of the week. The National Guard has relocated from the upper parking lot of Steptoe Village Ap...

WSU testing locations offer testing free to all students

Students must have their Cougar Card when they get tested as proof of identification.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 9, 2020

COVID-19 testing at the National Guard and Cougar Health Services testing sites is free for all WSU students. Testing was originally only free for students who did not have insurance, according to an Evergreen article. Students must bring their Cougar Card to the site as proof of identification and will receive a test, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and commu...

Representatives of Washington National Guard arrive in Pullman

The number of positive COVID-19 cases has risen by over 400 since the first day of school, which is less than two weeks ago.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

September 3, 2020

The Washington National Guard is being deployed to Pullman to assist with testing WSU students as the number of COVID-19 cases in Whitman County continues to grow. Twenty-five members of the National Guard will begin testing on Sept. 8, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and communications. Representatives...

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