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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you think you have COVID-19 or have been exposed: 

(The following is for notification purposes only. Information provided is confidential and may be subject to limited disclosures in accordance with state and federal medical privacy laws and applicable regulations.)

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Students: Call your healthcare provider for guidance on next steps, then notify the Whitworth Health Center by email: healthcenter@whitworth.edu

Employees: Call your healthcare provider for guidance on next steps, then notify Whitworth Human Resource Services by email: hr@whitworth.edu

Frequently Asked Questions Social Distancing Guidelines

Latest Updates
  • We ask that no students or families come to campus to retrieve personal items from the residence halls until Governor Inslee's executive order, made March 23, is lifted. For more information, please see our March 24 communication entry below.
  • Governor Inslee announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. See the March 23 communication entry below for Whitworth's response to this update.
  • Whitworth University releases important information on the adjustment of student accounts for the unused portion of housing and meal plans. See the March 23 announcement below: "March 23: Credit and Refund Information" or check the FAQ section under Credit and Refund Information.

Communications

  • March 24: Please Do Not Retrieve Items From Residence Halls Amid Order

    In order to comply with Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" executive order, we ask that no students or families come to campus to retrieve personal items from the residence halls until the order is lifted. The order is expected to remain in effect until at least April 7. We will, of course, keep you updated as to when the order is lifted.  We ask that all students be moved out of the residence halls by May 16. If this creates a hardship for your family, please email Tim Caldwell at timothycaldwell@whitworth.edu.  Students should email their RD with anticipated checkout dates. There is no late fee/penalty for completing a checkout after the order is lifted and on or before May 16.

  • March 23: Governor Inslee Announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

    Dear Whitworth Community:

    Earlier this evening, Gov. Jay Inslee enacted new enhanced strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. His new "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order states that all individuals currently living in Washington state are ordered to shelter at their place of residence to prevent and slow down the community spread of COVID-19. People may leave their residences only for essential activities, essential governmental functions or to operate essential businesses, and they must continue to practice social distancing (at least 6 feet from others) when outside their homes.

    Here are the ways in which this order will affect Whitworth University:

    • ​Whitworth will continue making a complete transition to online instruction by March 30. No in-person instruction will be held for the remainder of the spring semester.
    • We will continue to shift to as much telework for faculty and staff as possible. All university offices are closed to the general public, and all building entrances require card-swipe access for faculty, staff and students. We ask that you contact your supervisor to discuss any required on-campus staffing for your office.
    • We understand some employees may have to return to campus periodically to complete essential parts of their work or to support business continuity, and this is allowed for in the governor's order.
    • Faculty may still use their offices and other facilities needed to deliver remote courses as long as they practice social distancing rules.
    • Critical aspects of our on-campus operations will continue. These include: health services, food services that are available to-go, public safety, mail services, limited custodial and maintenance services, technology support, financial services, and scientific research. Again, please contact your supervisor for information regarding any required on-campus staffing. Our residence halls will stay open for the limited number of students who received permission to remain in them.
    • Most of the university's important work will continue with employees working primarily from home. Whitworth's ability to emerge strong from the COVID-19 crisis depends on our dedicated employees continuing to do their good work as well as they can under the circumstances.
    • The dining hall in the HUB will remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (food available to-go only). The limited number of approved students living in residence halls must comply with the "Stay Home" order. The order allows students to leave their residence only for essential activities, such as going to the grocery store or picking up to-go meals on campus or from restaurants, visiting a healthcare professional and engaging in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running or bicycling with proper social distancing.
    • Personnel whose physical presence is needed to sustain existing laboratory research will continue to have access to research areas.
    • The Whitworth Health & Counseling Centers will remain open to eligible students by appointment only Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for urgent medical and mental health needs, and closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. If you are sick, please first call ahead at 509.777.3259 and ask to speak with a nurse before arriving at Schumacher Hall.

    We know this is not easy on anyone, and we truly appreciate your grace and understanding and adherence to these important directions. We will continue to share information and updates by email, via social media and on our dedicated website at www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus. We are all in this together.

    Blessings of peace and comfort,

    Beck A. Taylor
    President

  • March 23: Credit and Refund Information

    Dear Whitworth Students and Families,

    We hope that this communication finds you and your family doing well despite the many challenges and disruptions associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your patience and flexibility with us during this most unusual time. We are now able to provide guidance on how the university will adjust student accounts for the unused portions of housing and meal plans:

    • ​​Students who paid for spring 2020 housing and/or meal plans will receive a credit to their student account for the period of unused services spanning March 29 through May 17. Please note that the week of Spring Break (March 21-28) was never included in the original charges for housing and meal plans because no services would have been provided that week.
    • Housing and meal credits will not apply to students who are electing to stay on campus through the end of the spring semester.
      Housing credits will not apply to any residents of theme houses, which currently remain open to occupants. However, theme house residents may request meal plan credits if they cancel by March 31.
    • Credit for meal plans will also be provided to students who live off campus and purchased a meal plan, if they wish to cancel their plan.
    • The amount of credit will vary by student, based on their specific housing and/or meal plans and whether they utilized those plans during Jan Term.
    • Unused Pirate Bucs will not expire and can be used in future academic years. For students graduating this spring, Sodexo has indicated it will issue refunds for unused Pirate Bucs. Students who want a refund will need to contact Megan Helm at mhelm@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4355.
    • Credits will be applied to each student's account by April 10 and will first be applied to any outstanding account balance. Remaining credit balances will be handled as follows:
      • For students not graduating this spring, the credit will be applied to charges for the next term of enrollment.
      • For students graduating this spring, a refund will be issued by April 30.

    Please visit www.whitworth.edu/coronavirusfaq for answers to frequently asked questions related to credits and refunds and for contact information if you should have additional questions.

    We will continue to keep you updated as we work to support our students and their success during these very challenging times. We are praying for your health and safety.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Probus, Vice President for Finance & Administration
    Rhosetta Rhodes, Vice President for Student Life

  • March 16: Significant Operational Changes

    Significant Operational Changes: Residence halls will now close for the semester on Saturday, March 21, and online instruction for classes, which will begin on March 30, will be extended through the end of the semester. These and other important changes are outlined in a message from President Beck A. Taylor.

  • March 16: Four Whitworth Tests are Negative; No COVID-19

    We can confirm that the four Whitworth community members who were being tested for COVID-19 have all had their test results reported. All four tests were NEGATIVE.

    We will continue to work with our regional health authorities by following reporting guidelines.

  • March 14, 12:30 p.m.: No Confirmed Cases on Campus

    The Spokane Regional Health District has just announced there are three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spokane County. Whitworth has no confirmed cases to our knowledge. The Whitworth community members undergoing testing have not yet received results at this time.

    If we learn of confirmed COVID-19 cases on our campus, we will immediately make an announcement to inform our community and area of that information.

  • March 14: Theatre Performances Canceled

    Whitworth Theatre Department's Spring production of "La Algajira", with remaining performances scheduled for tonight, March 14, and tomorrow, March 15, have been canceled. Due to health order restrictions outlined by Washington State Governor Inslee, Whitworth will follow those requirements and cancel remaining performances. For refund information, contact the box office at 509.777.4374 or email: theatre-dept@whitworth.edu

  • March 13: Lu'au Canceled

    Regional and state authorities announced today all gatherings of 250 people or more in Spokane County are to be canceled as of 5 p.m. today and for the next 30 days. As a result of this directive, Whitworth is canceling its lu'au which was scheduled for this evening at 5 p.m. As late as yesterday, President Taylor was committed to holding the event and honoring the dedicated work of our students and employees in making the lu'au a success. However, with this recent decision by authorities, we were left with no choice and have canceled the event. We regret any inconveniences this may have caused.

  • March 13: New Guidelines if You've Been Traveling in Europe

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Whitworth Community:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines regarding any person(s) returning to the U.S. from Europe. If you have been in Europe within the past 14 days and you are a student, please notify the Whitworth Health Center at healthcenter@whitworth.edu. If you are an employee, notify your chair/supervisor and human resource services at hr@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4872.

    If you have spent time in mainland Europe in the past 14 days, the CDC has provided the following guidance:

      • ​​Stay home for 14 days from the time you return from travel, monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately six feet or two meters) from others when possible.
      • If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough or have trouble breathing, you are instructed to seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room. Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms. Avoid contact with others.
      • Do not travel while sick.
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.​

    Please visit www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus for more information.

  • March 12: President Taylor Announces Spring Break and Instructional Changes

    March 12, 2020

    Dear Campus Community,

    Whitworth University's highest priority is the health, welfare, and safety of its students and employees. That priority is also weighed against other important elements, like academic quality, the learning experiences students receive from participating in many forms of extra-curricular activities, and the desire to see students stay on track in their academic studies.

    The events of the past few weeks are unprecedented, and I have been tracking developments related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus closely, working with other university officials to be sure we are making decisions that reflect our core commitments. The Whitworth community has responded in positively amazing ways as uncertainty and concern have grown in recent days. I confidently expect the same in the days and weeks ahead, even as significant changes to the university's operations are being announced today. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation.

    While the campus remains open, the university has made the decision to begin Spring Break at the conclusion of classes tomorrow, March 13. Spring Break will end, as originally scheduled, on March 29. This will provide time for the university to implement alternative academic delivery plans commencing after Spring Break and continuing through April 17 when our plans will be reassessed.

    When instruction resumes on March 30, all courses will be delivered via alternative modes of remote instruction instead of in-person class sessions. Faculty will be in touch with students concerning the shape and content of coursework through April 17 when we will decide whether to return to traditional in-person instruction or continue with remote instruction.

    ScheduleDate

    Spring Break begins

    • No classes
    • All employees are expected to report for work, including student workers

    March 14

    Registration deadline for students planning to stay on campus during extended spring break: www.whitworth.edu/springbreakhousing

    March 16

    Spring Break ends

    March 29

    Online instruction begins (no in-person class sessions will be held)

    March 30

    Alternative academic delivery plans will be reassessed

    April 17

    Other important student and employee considerations:

    • Students are not required to vacate the campus and residence halls and dining services remain in effect through the end of the semester, unless otherwise notified. The usual fee for residence halls will be waived for both Spring Break weeks. Please register with the Whitworth Housing Office before March 16 if you plan to stay on campus during the next two weeks: www.whitworth.edu/springbreakhousing. Students will be charged $20/day for food services with Sodexo March 22-28 only (in conjunction with original spring break dates).
    • Student-employees should speak with their supervisors about their schedules for the next two Spring Break weeks (March 23-27).
    • Faculty will receive detailed communication via email about planning and training activities aimed at preparing for alternative modes of instruction, if needed, as well as details about advising and registration.
    • Academic advising will take place next week as scheduled. Students and advisors should make plans for alternate communication if needed.
    • A campus activities committee is being formed to determine which campus events will continue as planned, and which will be modified, postponed or canceled. Whitworth's lu'au and spring theatre events will take place as scheduled this weekend.
    • At this point, no decisions have been made about end-of-year events like commencement. Our hope is that the current public health threat subsides and we will be able to have these important celebratory events.
    • Students who are currently in clinical, internship, student-teaching, and other off-campus degree-related activities should plan to continue in those activities unless otherwise instructed.
    • Whitworth's NCAA athletics programs will continue pending future decisions made by the NCAA and the Northwest Conference. The Northwest Conference has instituted an "essential personnel only policy" that prohibits fans and families from attending NWC-hosted athletic contests including all Whitworth home contests.
    • Campus admissions events and tours will continue unless otherwise communicated, including this weekend's MVP admissions event.
    • Professional travel restrictions to King County, announced last week, remain in effect until lifted.

    As expected, and as our regional health district intensifies its efforts to test individuals for the virus, the number of persons within the Whitworth community being tested is rising. I see that as a positive development from a public health standpoint, and we will continue to communicate with you as results of that testing becomes known. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus on campus or in Spokane County.

    As always, I will encourage Whitworth to lean into its enduring mission to "equip graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity." Importantly, our commitment to serve humanity compels us to act with responsibility and compassion as we address this public health emergency.

    Please continue to refer to Whitworth's coronavirus webpage for additional information and updates, including answers to many frequently asked questions: www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus

    My prayers are with all of you during this challenging time.

    Blessings,
    Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D.

  • March 11: Information Regarding COVID-19

    March 11, 2020

    Dear Whitworth Community:

    We have been informed that four Whitworth community members are currently being tested for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with all four at this time. Officials with the Spokane Regional Health District have been notified and testing is being conducted. In accordance with federal, state and regional health guidelines, all four individuals are in self-isolation and have been told to limit their contact with others until the test results are finalized.

    We expect to see an increase in testing at Whitworth and in our region over time, consistent with public statements from health authorities. To be clear, there are no currently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spokane County or at Whitworth. We are taking every precaution to keep our community members safe and to reduce the potential exposure and transmission of illness on our campus.

    Whitworth has developed a webpage with the latest updates on COVID-19 that includes all of our communications to the campus community as well as the most frequently asked questions about the virus and what Whitworth is doing to mitigate exposure. Please visit www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus.

    We want to remind everyone COVID-19 is not related to any specific ethnic group, race or nationality and ask that you continue to treat all members of our community with respect, keeping our mission in mind.  

    We expect impacts from COVID-19 to continue for some time. We will continue to update our community as new developments arise. Please continue to practice preventive measures to keep our community safe.

  • March 10: Alternate Resources for Students

    March 10, 2020

    This announcement provides information on what students should do if 1) they have been advised by their doctor to avoid public settings or avoid shared living spaces or 2) they live on campus, are sick with cold or flu, and need food from the dining hall.

    Alternate arrangements for student instruction:

    If you have consulted with your healthcare provider and been advised to avoid public settings because of being at a higher risk for complications of COVID-19 infection, please make alternative arrangements for instruction. Contact your instructor to make these alternative arrangements and Whitworth Associate Provost Brooke Kiener, who is keeping records of such requests, at bkiener@whitworth.edu.

    Alternate arrangements for student housing:

    If you have consulted with your healthcare provider and have been advised to avoid public settings or shared living spaces because of being at a higher risk for complications of COVID-19 infection and need alternate housing, please contact Whitworth Associate Director of Housing Alan Jacob at ajacob@whitworth.edu. Depending on available housing resources, housing accommodations may be limited.

    Dining procedures for students who live on campus who are ill (with something other than COVID-19):

    If you are feeling sick with the flu or a cold, it is imperative you stay home. If you cannot make it to the dining area, please take the following steps:

    1. ​Contact a friend and ask if they are able to bring food back from the dining hall for you. If a friend cannot do this, contact your RA and they will help make sure you get food delivered to your room.
    2. Contact Dan King at dking@whitworth.edu or Megan Helm at mhelm@whitworth.edu with Sodexo and let them know:
      • Who you are
      • Who you are sending to pick up food for you
      • The dates and meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner) for which they will be getting your food
    3. Once your friend arrives at the dining hall, have them tell the cashier that they are picking up food for a sick friend and that you have already emailed Dan King or Megan Helm.
    4. The Sodexo cashier will give your friend a "to-go box" for you.
    Please also visit www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus for updated information about COVID-19 and frequently asked questions.
  • March 10: Notification Process for Students and Employees

    March 10, 2020

    The following information is to provide you with notification resources in the event you or someone around you has known exposure to COVID-19 or has contracted the virus.

    • Stay home if you are ill.
    • Call ahead to your healthcare provider.
    • Go to your healthcare provider location, if indicated, and follow their instructions.
    • If you are a student, notify the Whitworth Health Center by email: healthcenter@whitworth.edu.
    • If you are an employee, notify Whitworth Human Resource Services: hr@whitworth.edu.

    Please remember that that our community is still experiencing common illnesses, such as colds and seasonal influenza (flu). However, if you are concerned someone around you has a known exposure to COVID-19 or may have COVID-19, please follow the above notification procedures.

    For more information: www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus.

  • March 6: Preparedness for COVID-19

    March 6, 2020

    Planning and preparedness is an important part of our lives today and Whitworth takes this subject seriously. It’s the reason we have fire drills and other campus-wide drills that help us practice our actions in the event of an emergency.

    In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances, it is important that each of you consider elements that may become necessary to carry out:

    • Where would you go if you couldn’t stay in your current living situation (residence hall, theme house, apartment, etc.)?
    • If you were traveling, what method would you use? Do you have back-up options?
    • Where would you get food or do you have food and water on-hand? How long would it last?
    • Are you taking medications? Do you have a supply that would last two weeks?
    • Do you have the personal products that you use every day? How long would your supplies last?

    Communication with roommates, family, instructors and others is also an important element of preparedness. We encourage you to be talking and planning with others about your specific preparedness plans. 

    For more information: www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus.

  • March 5: Message from the President

    March 5, 2020

    Hope in Uncertainty: God is Sovereign | President Beck A. Taylor

    Dear Whitworth community:

    I know that you are receiving regular communications from the university regarding the dynamic conditions associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The purpose of this message is more personal. I know that recent events are raising anxieties and concerns. That's completely understandable. There's much we don't know about how this current health crisis will play out in the coming days and weeks, and the news we are hearing is unsettling. None of us likes uncertainty. We want this crisis to be resolved now. Unfortunately, it appears that we will be dealing with quickly-changing conditions for the foreseeable future.

    My Christian faith assures me that God is sovereign. I am drawn to Scripture that reminds me that God is loving and all-knowing. I don't know why these events or any other tragedies in our lives happen. I have a lot of questions. But what my heart tells me is, "Do not be afraid." We're so accustomed these days to a world that transacts in fear. Fear drives our economy, our politics, and even our spiritual lives. But even when I feel fearful, my faith reminds me to ground myself in hope – a hope that is borne not of my own doing, or my own expertise, or my own ability to deal with challenging circumstances, but rather a hope that springs from my knowledge that God is present and loves us more than anything else in the universe.

    My prayer for all of us today and in the days that come is that we can find hope and reassurance amidst the difficulties and unwelcomed events that life throws at us. It's natural to feel beleaguered and less than hopeful. We are humans. We can confess that to each other without guilt or shame. But as we do that, let's remind ourselves and each other that God will never leave us or forsake us.

    To the extent possible, let's rally to live into all of the potential this day holds. Classes are occurring, learning is happening, lives are being changed…right now! We are each being molded and shaped to become the people God is summoning us to be. Let's rejoice in that news, even as we navigate the storms of life.

    Lastly, I want to thank all of those in our community and particularly here at Whitworth who are logging long days to serve our community during this crisis. They are working largely behind the scenes, but they are there adding their wisdom, experience and discernment to this complex situation. We have an A+ team.

    I love you, and I'm praying for you. Let's support each other now and each day.

    Peace,
    Beck

  • March 5: Information Regarding COVID-19 in King County

    March 5, 2020

    Dear Whitworth Community:

    King County (Seattle and surrounding area) health officials have issued new recommendations to protect the health of their community and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in that area (see risk factors and recommendations listed in the King County advisory below). These recommendations are in place through March 31, 2020.

    In response to these measures, Whitworth will cancel university-affiliated travel to King County for activities being held there. The university encourages our community to use critical judgement in planning personal trips to the area and to follow guidance provided by King County to minimize risk of exposure. As a reminder, Whitworth residence halls will remain open during Spring Break (and the fee will be waived). Meals will be $20 per day and are mandatory if you choose to remain in the residence halls over Spring Break (costs will be billed to your student account).

    Whitworth also encourages those traveling to King County, by any means, to exercise extra vigilance by taking precautions to minimize risk including consideration of alternative travel plans. Use of Sea-Tac International Airport for university-sponsored or affiliated travel is still permitted, but we advise each individual to exercise judgment in accordance with the recommendations. Please continue to practice the following preventive measures recommended by the CDC:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    For those Whitworth community members who are residing in or are participating in long-term study circumstances in King County, please follow the guidelines outlined by county health officials.

    If you have concerns about any of the risk factors below, please consult with your personal healthcare provider. If you are a Whitworth student in King County, please contact your academic advisor with questions. If you are a Whitworth employee in the area and have questions, please contact your supervisor.

    Whitworth information: www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus.

    King County Public Health recommendation:

    • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
      • People 60 and older
      • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes
      • People who have weakened immune systems
      • People who are pregnant
    • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness.
    • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
    • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health will work with the school and the district to determine the best measures including potential closure of the school.
    • All people should not go out when they are sick.
    • Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.

    More details on these measures is available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid.

  • March 3: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

    March 3, 2020

    Whitworth's response team continues to monitor and gather information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as implement plans to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. More information can be found at www.whitworth.edu/coronavirus.

    Current Status

    Western Washington's King County and Snohomish County, continue to see a rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. While there is potential for cases in Spokane County, the Washington State Department of Health is currently reporting zero confirmed cases (as of March 3).

    Washington State (Source: State Dept. of Health)

    • Positive cases: 27 (6 in Snohomish County, 21 in King County)
    • Total deaths: 9 (1 in Snohomish County, 8 in King County)
    • Number of people under public health supervision: 231

    Students, Staff and Faculty

    Travel: If you feel ill with a cough or fever and have traveled internationally in the last 14 days to any regions highly impacted by COVID-19 as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control health notice, you should:

    • Call ahead to your healthcare provider (health center eligible students call Whitworth Health Center at 509.777.3259)
    • Put on a mask if available
    • Go to your healthcare provider location or the Whitworth Health Center, if you are a health center eligible student

    Exposure: If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or someone with COVID-19 (or someone being evaluated for COVID-19), you may be required to self-isolate for a 14-day quarantine period. If you subsequently become ill with a fever or cough, you should:

    • Call ahead to your healthcare provider and/or your designated Department of Health contact, if applicable
    • Put on a mask if available
    • Go to your healthcare provider location
    • If you are a current student, inform the health center

    Spring Break & Travel Information

    While currently (3.3.20), there are no U.S. travel advisories or restrictions, please consider your Spring Break travel plans and other near-future travel plans.

    • Food service for residents will now be available during Spring Break (March 23-27). The cost will be $20/day. As previously communicated, residence halls will remain open for current residents. The Spring Break fee is being waived.
    • Awareness of any travel, relevant to COVID-19 outbreaks and potential exposures, is critical to your wellness and the health and safety of our community. If any of these conditions exist, take action (as noted above).

    Because of the rapidly changing nature of this virus, areas that may be safe today may not be tomorrow.

    Preventive Measures (Recommendations from the CDC)

    • Stay home, separate yourself from others and get medical care if needed.
    • Cover your cough and sneezes.
    • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. It is preferable for soap and water to be used if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid sharing household and other personal items with others.
    • Clean “high-touch” surfaces every day.
    • If you do feel ill, call your healthcare provider (see above) before going to the health office.
  • March 1: Coronavirus Update & Spring Break Information

    March 1, 2020

    Dear Whitworth Community:

    Whitworth University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in coordination with regional, state and federal health preparedness organizations with a focus on the health and safety of our community. As we approach Spring Break (March 23-27) with the possibility of students and staff traveling domestically or internationally, it is important for you to be aware of developments related to the outbreak.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued Level 3 travel warnings for travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, which means that individuals should avoid nonessential travel to these countries. There are no university programs currently in these regions, and Whitworth does not support travel to these areas at this time. The Whitworth Wind Symphony was scheduled to tour parts of China in March, but that tour has been redirected to Germany and the Czech Republic. We will continue to monitor worldwide circumstances and redirect future trips if needed.

    The CDC recently issued a Level 2 travel alert for Japan, which recommends enhanced travel precautions and advises older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to consider postponing nonessential travel to this country. Likewise, the university does not have any current programs in this country.

    For your information:

    • There are no known cases on the Whitworth campus.
    • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) is considered low.
    • Whitworth will continue to follow recommendations of the CDC.
    • The risk of coronavirus is not at all connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
    • As new and accurate information becomes available, we will post information on Pirate Port that will be viewable by members of campus as well as families and the public: www.whitworth.edu > Pirate Port
    • Whitworth continues to follow strict and thorough processes related to food delivery and custodial practices.
    • Practice basic personal hygiene for prevention:
      • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol-based (60 percent or higher) hand sanitizer.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then wash your hands.
      • Stay home if you are feeling ill.
      • Seek medical assistance if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

    Spring Break and Travel Considerations

    • Whitworth residence halls will remain open for students who choose to remain on campus. Because of these extraordinary circumstances, the additional fee to remain in the residence halls during Spring Break will be waived.
    • Students, staff and faculty will receive further information on self-reporting of Spring Break and other travel plans.
    • Please refer to the CDC website for the latest travel notice information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
    • If you are returning from a CDC Level 3 travel warning region or have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be required to self-isolate for a 14-day quarantine period.
    • If you are returning from a CDC Level 2 travel alert region, you may be asked to self-isolate for a 14-day quarantine period.
    • Whitworth will work to assist quarantined students with alternative means, as feasible, for fulfilling their course-related responsibilities related to academic work.
    • Whitworth will work to assist quarantined, essential personnel to work remotely if needed. 

    Further details can be found on Pirate Port, the Whitworth Health Center webpage and the following resources:

  • Feb. 3: Letter to Parents & Family Members

    Feb. 3, 2020

    Dear Whitworth Parents and Family Members,

    The following information has been communicated to your student. Just so that you are aware, there are currently no known exposures to the coronavirus on our campus.

    The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are very important to us. Although there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus on the Whitworth campus or in Spokane, we want to let you know we are monitoring the situation.

    Whitworth had one Jan Term off-campus program that traveled to Hong Kong and the Macau regions of China but did not travel in the Wuhan region where the virus originated. The participants have returned to campus, and the health center has been in contact with them to monitor their health. No symptoms have been reported at this time.

    While the coronavirus is a serious health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) characterizes the immediate health risk from the virus as low for those who are unlikely to be exposed. And while this is a low risk situation to our community, we are taking high precautions and will continue to update the campus as circumstances warrant.

    The outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first identified in early December in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There have now been cases in multiple countries, including the United States. At least one case has been reported in Washington state. 

    The Whitworth Health Center is monitoring updates from the Spokane Regional Health District, the CDC and the World Health Organization. Please visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for updated information on the coronavirus. If you have further questions, please contact the Whitworth Health Center at 509.777.3259 or email healthcenter@whitworth.edu.

    Sincerely,

    Rhosetta Rhodes
    Vice President for Student Life 

  • Jan. 20: Coronavirus Information

    Jan. 20, 2020

    The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are very important to us. Although there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus on the Whitworth campus or in Spokane, we want to let you know we are monitoring the situation.

    Whitworth had one Jan Term off-campus program that traveled to Hong Kong and the Macau regions of China but did not travel in the Wuhan region where the virus originated. The participants have returned to campus, and the health center has been in contact with them to monitor their health. No symptoms have been reported at this time.

    The Whitworth Wind Symphony was planning a March trip to China but is now rerouting its itinerary to Germany and the Czech Republic.

    The outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first identified in early December in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. There have now been cases in multiple countries, including the United States. At least one case has been reported in Washington state. 

    The Whitworth Health Center is monitoring updates from the Spokane Regional Health District, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization.

    Please visit the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for updated information on the coronavirus. If you have further questions, please contact the Whitworth Health Center at 509.777.3259 or email healthcenter@whitworth.edu.

Preventive Measures

Recommendations from the CDC.

  • Stay home, separate yourself from others and get medical care if needed.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95 percent alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. It is preferable for soap and water to be used if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing household and other personal items with others.
  • Clean "high-touch" surfaces every day.
  • If you do feel ill, call your healthcare provider before going to the health office.
Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has provided the following guidance to help people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are concerned that they were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive themselves:

Resources

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 800.525.0127 and press # or go to www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus.

Please refer to the following resources for additional information on COVID-19: