5 Covid-19 safety tips: A pocketbook guide on how to be safe on campus

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Danny Dang, Staff Reporter

With school in session and on-campus classes, students have both COVID-19 and  classes to worry about this school year. COVID-19 and the delta variant are spreading, so if there are concerns for public safety, students may have missed emails that have addressed such information. According to Student Health Services (SHS), there are plenty of ways that students can stay safe.

In accordance with the CDC health guidelines, SHS has provided information on how students can be safe on campus.

  1. Keep face coverings on at all times when indoors on campus, unless alone and in a non-shared space.
  2. Do not use bandanas or gaiters that are one layered fabric bases, as they are not considered adequate face coverings (i.e. Fabric coverings recommended by the CDC that fit as snugly as possible).
  3. If students need a mask, there are free ones available at the SURC information center.
  4. Following CDC’s guideline of social distancing when possible.
  5. If you are feeling unwell and having symptoms of COVID-19, consider getting a COVID-19 test and isolate from others until a confirmed negative result.

Other precautions have been taken on campus to help maintain a safer environment throughout campus. According to the CWU website, every academic building, with the exception of Lind Hall, “currently meet ASHRAE and the Washington State Department of Health’s recommendations for reducing the transmission of COVID-19 within the HVAC systems.”

There have also been measures to assist students financially affected by COVID-19 this school year. CWU’s Student Success has sent out emails to students to provide for emergency financial assistance, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Allowing students to receive more than just a free mask, and proving towards the University’s commitment in inclusivity. Financial assistance is another way to help students stay safe and provide them the assistance they need due to any hardship relating to coronavirus that may affect their education. 

According to Student Success the CARES Act is available for students to apply for, along with other funds and grants such as; the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF I/II/III). These emergency student awards are stated to use $3,847,692 for relief.

If in need of COVID testing, SHS is available through appointments at:

(509) 963-1881.

Monday – Friday

8:40am – 10:00am

3:20pm – 5:00pm