WVC student tests negative for coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 6, 2020
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Maria Agnew, WVC safety, security and emergency manager, 509-682-6659
Wenatchee Valley College was notified by Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) at around 4 p.m. on March 6 that the WVC student being tested for COVID-19 has tested negative for the virus.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of either WVC students or employees being diagnosed with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus 2019).
On Monday, March 2, CDHD was notified that a patient at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth met the criteria for COVID-19 testing and that the patient has attended some classes recently at Wenatchee Valley College’s Wenatchee campus.
Although the results of the test were negative, WVC will continue to follow the best practices for sanitization as outlined by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Custodians are focusing their efforts on high-traffic areas like classrooms, labs and common areas.
In the event that another student is tested, WVC will follow the same protocol. College leadership will consult with CDHD and, unless advised otherwise, will remain open. WVC will continue thorough cleaning of campus and will regroup with the CDHD once the results are in.
The closure of the campus or of specific college facilities is not currently recommended, according to the CDHD, the DOH and the CDC. The college will consult with these agencies when making decisions about college operations.
“We are taking the possibility of a coronavirus case on campus seriously. We have been advised by health experts to keep campus open,” said WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson. “However, we are understanding of those students and employees who may need to work from home at this time. Our two biggest priorities right now are the safety of our campus community and continuing to offer essential services to our students.”
The WVC instruction department, IT department, and library and distance learning team have already prepared options for students and employees who need to stay home due to illness, concern about underlying health issues or other reasons. Students are encouraged to communicate with to their instructors about plans for remote education options and with questions about individual class cancellations.
Employees and students are advised to follow the prevention methods outlined by the CDC, including practicing good hygiene, washing their hands thoroughly and frequently and staying at home if they’re feeling sick.
Employees, students and members of the public may sign up for emergency text alerts to be notified of any WVC delays or closures by texting "CAMPUSALERTS" to 67283.
WVC will provide more information as it becomes available and answer common questions at wvc.edu/PublicHealth.
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