The emergence of the Delta variant and recent COVID-19 spread of infection in our area have changed the scope of our plans for fall quarter, and we are working with local officials to ensure safety.
Testing to return to campus
Faculty, staff, and students who choose to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be expected to participate in testing before accessing campus.
Students, faculty, and staff who do not plan to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the quarter must show a negative COVID-19 test before gaining access to campus. For most students this will correspond with their move-in appointments for WWU housing.
The COVID-19 test must not be self-administered and must have been taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. No particular type or brand of COVID-19 test is required, as long as it is administered by a reputable testing organization and you submit official results. If you receive a positive test result before your arrival on campus, delay your arrival and follow your local health expert’s instructions. Please notify us of your positive result and arrival plans via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those unable to take a test prior to arrival to campus, rapid antigen or PCR testing will be provided in a discreet, easy to access location. You may be asked for insurance information, although there will be no out-of-pocket cost to you. If you end up receiving an insurance bill for this testing, WWU will take care of it. Those who receive a positive result will be asked to quarantine pending results of a second, PCR test. We strongly recommend that you plan to be tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival on our campus if possible to avoid the inconvenience of on-campus testing and quarantine/isolation.
In most cases, students are expected to stop at the testing station upon their arrival to campus, before they move into WWU housing, or go to their classes. The WWU Annex Building (located on the corner of College Avenue directly across from the Express) will be open for testing:
- Friday, Sept. 17, 8 am to 6:30 pm
- Sunday, Sept. 19, 8 am to 10 pm (pausing from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm for the President’s Welcome Service).
- Friday, Sept. 24, 8 am to 6:30 pm
- Sunday, Sept. 26, 8 am to 10 pm
What to do if you get sick
If you feel sick or have symptoms stay home.
If you are unvaccinated and have a known exposure to COVID-19 (being in close proximity — 6 feet or closer — to a person who has COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period), if you believe you have COVID-19, or if you test positive for COVID-19, fill out the self-reporting form at wallawalla.edu/dhr. You’ll be asked to provide your contact information and information about your situation and symptoms. We will then provide directions about the next steps to take.
If you are sick or have symptoms you may be asked to remain in isolation or quarantine for a specific number of days. We have set aside spaces specifically for COVID-19 care. WWU personnel will ensure you are able to get your meals and other care as needed. The WWU Care Team will also be available to help with errands. You are responsible to communicate your situation with your professors to see if accommodations can be made for your absence.
COVID-19 testing is available for College Place students, faculty and staff at a variety of Walla Walla area locations. Walla Walla Department of Community Health lists testing locations here.
If you need emergency care, call 911. If your symptoms aren’t an emergency, WWU’s COVID-19 response team can help connect you with a local physician.
If you need physical, emotional, or spiritual help, assistance is available for those who are sick or in self-isolation or quarantine through the WWU Care Team.
WWU will not release details or specific information about anyone on campus who tests positive for COVID-19. Should contact tracing be warranted, we will notify students, faculty, and staff if they have come in contact with someone with a positive diagnosis.