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Wendell Hill Hall B sees ‘concerning’ increase in COVID-19 cases

Wendell Hill Hall B sees ‘concerning’ increase in COVID-19 cases

Mitchell Roland, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2020

After a total of 14 students tested positive for COVID-19 in Wendell Hill Hall B, CWU has conducted a second round of testing to see if any additional residents have COVID-19. The university first announced on Sunday, Oct. 18 that six residents of the hall had the virus. After testing every resident,...

COVID-19 outbreak in Wendell Hill Hall B

COVID-19 outbreak in Wendell Hill Hall B

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

October 22, 2020

Eight additional students have tested positive for COVID-19 following the testing of every resident of Wendell Hill Hall B, according to a statement released on the CWU website.  This mass-testing of 169 students and staff began in response to what the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPH...

COVID-19 cluster detected in CWU residence hall

COVID-19 cluster detected in CWU residence hall

Mitchell Roland, Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2020

CWU announced early Sunday evening that six students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Wendell Hill B Residence Hall. The remaining residents of the hall will be required to self-isolate in their rooms. In an email to the campus community, Associate Dean of Health and Wellness Shawnte Elbert...

CWU confirms students tested positive for COVID-19

CWU confirms students tested positive for COVID-19

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

September 24, 2020

Sixteen students were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 by an email sent to the campus community by President James L. Gaudino on Sept. 24. According to the email, most of the students are living and isolating off-campus and “appear to be weathering the effects of the virus well.” ...

Health checks and mitigation form implemented as campus reopens

Health checks and mitigation form implemented as campus reopens

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

August 28, 2020

CWU has announced the new launch date of the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Compliance form students and employees will be required to sign stating they understand and agree to the university's COVID-19 prevention plans for fall quarter. Though wording in several places has been changed, there is no major cont...

Students and employees required to sign risk mitigation form

Students and employees required to sign risk mitigation form

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

August 12, 2020

Update A statement from the university, published to the CWU website Aug. 13, announced that the form all students and employees will be required to complete has been put on hold and will not appear before logging in to MyCWU when it was expected to.  “A new launch date will be announced next week wi...

Kittitas County reports three additional COVID-19-associated deaths

Kittitas County reports three additional COVID-19-associated deaths

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 21, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has announced the deaths of three more long-term care facility residents. It was not specified which care facilities they were residents of. To date, long-term care facility residents make up all four deaths associated with COVID-19 in the county. KCPH...

Kittitas County sees changes in gathering restrictions

Kittitas County sees changes in gathering restrictions

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 21, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders, which reduce the maximum number of people who are allowed to gather, went into effect statewide on July 20. Kittitas County now has a gathering restriction of 10 people, reduced from its previous 50 people. Inslee implemented this requirement to combat the increasing spread...

First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

First death associated with COVID-19 in Kittitas County

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 20, 2020

On July 19, a Kittitas County resident living in the long-term care facility Pacifica Senior Living died from COVID-19. According to a press release from the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD), two additional residents of long-term care facilities have also been hospitalized at Kittitas V...

Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

Access to People’s Pond closed due to rising COVID-19 numbers

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 18, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson has directed the City of Ellensburg to close Irene Rineheart Riverfront Park due to increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county. This includes Carey Lake, often called People’s Pond.  The park will remain closed until Kittitas County returns to 25 ...

Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

Long-term care facility cases considered outbreaks

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 17, 2020

Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) reported three COVID-19 outbreaks in association with the long-term care facilities that have seen positive cases in the past week. All patients are currently stable. An outbreak in this context is defined as two or more non-household cases occurrin...

Three long-term care facilities see more cases

Three long-term care facilities see more cases

Bailey Tomlinson, News Editor

July 14, 2020

A third long-term care facility in Kittitas County has confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county’s Incident Management Team (IMT) was notified of two residents of Pacifica Senior Living in Ellensburg who tested positive. In response, the IMT will be conducting mass testing at the facility on July 17.  ...

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