March 26, 2020, 9 am PDT: To our knowledge, no members of the Evergreen community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We are in close contact with state and local health authorities. Please read this site carefully for updates.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our community. Along with state and county health authorities, we are vigilantly monitoring and assessing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On the evening of March 23, Governor Inslee issued a “stay at home” order (PDF) for Washington State. Evergreen is taking the following steps to comply with the order and minimize the impact of the virus on our community:
Further limiting the number of people on campus
- Effective March 26, directives regarding essential on-campus job functions will be modified. Supervisors are providing this guidance directly to employees. This modification will be in place through midnight on April 6, 2020, unless otherwise directed.
- All key student services will now be offered online or by phone or email.
- Students living on campus are receiving communications regularly and directly from Residential and Dining Services staff.
- Students living off campus and visitors should stay at home in compliance with the Governor’s order.
Maintaining campus security
- To further secure campus facilities and help custodial staff, most buildings will be locked and only authorized personnel will have access. If you have questions about this, please talk directly with your supervisor.
- Evergreen Police Services remain available on campus 24-7.
Preparing a responsive curriculum and sustaining important services
- Special thanks to our custodial staff, who have not stopped working and remain consistent and vigilant, ensuring cleanliness for all.
- Our faculty and staff remain dedicated to providing remote learning and services as we head into Spring quarter. See more information about Spring curriculum.
A message from President George Bridges
On March 13, Governor Inslee halted in-person instruction at colleges across the state, starting March 17. Evergreen is taking the following immediate steps to slow local progress of the new coronavirus while continuing the vital work of teaching and learning:
Spring 2020 instruction will now begin on Thursday, April 2, 2020 and all classes will be held remotely. Additional information for students about Spring 2020 instruction.
Winter 2020 evaluations were completed remotely, March 16 – 21, rather than in person. Deadlines are currently unchanged for evaluations and Academic Statements.
Campus residents who are able are encouraged to return home. We will maintain dining and residence hall service for students who need to remain on campus. More information for students living on campus.
Students who have plans to travel domestically as part of their study are advised to reconsider these trips, unless they are traveling to their primary residence or some other location where they are able to self-isolate if needed. The deans will be reaching out to ILC and INT students with known travel plans.
All in-person college-sponsored events are canceled through April 24, including:
- Chibi Chibi Con
- Farm Workers Justice Day
- Rachel Carson Forum
- Bring Your Children to Work Day (for staff)
All study abroad travel is canceled for spring quarter.
College-related domestic travel is canceled through April 24 except with the permission of a vice president.
Additional information specific to students, faculty, and staff is forthcoming and will be posted here. Emergency texts may be sent through our emergency notification system Omnilert. You must register for this service in order to receive alerts.
Evergreen will continue to coordinate closely with county public health agencies and the Washington State Department of Health on its response, including contingency planning.
For employees (faculty and staff)
During this period of altered operations, your supervisor will be directing you to work on campus, work remotely, or use paid administrative leave. Specific information about is available on a resource page for Employees and COVID-19.
Faculty will be teaching remotely. Information and resources can be found on the Academic Continuity website.
General information about COVID-19
There have been coronavirus deaths at EvergreenHealth, a hospital in Kirkland (near Seattle). Some news reports have referred to the hospital as “Evergreen,” which should not be confused with the college.
Please refer to these local, state, and national agencies for current information about the novel coronavirus:
- Thurston County (WA) Health Department
- Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Health Department
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As many in our community plan to travel for spring break, we recommend that you continue to monitor the CDC and the U.S. Department of State COVID-19 updates and travel guidance and follow regional restrictions.
If you or someone you know might be ill
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you have these symptoms, CALL AHEAD and talk to a provider before going to the campus health center, local urgent care, or a local doctor.
- Students on Evergreen’s Olympia campus: call Student Wellness Services at (360) 867-6200
- Other students, faculty, and staff: call your health care provider or nurse advice line
If someone you know has these symptoms, encourage them to stay home or in their dorm room and contact their healthcare provider.
Students on campus can use the buddy system to get a To-Go Meal from the POD Market.
Additional wellness and prevention advice
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Do not share hand towels, and launder your hand towels frequently.
- Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, keyboards, light switches). Find out about appropriate disinfectants.
Emotional and mental health
If anxiety about COVID-19 is disturbing your ability to handle daily life and you would like to talk with someone, support is available.
- All members of the college community have access to the TAO Self-Help program for help managing anxiety, depression, and other common issues.
- Staff and faculty: contact your health care provider or the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The state EAP has also put together a help sheet on coping with disease outbreak (PDF).
Resisting stigmatization, bias, and xenophobia
- Rely on and share trusted sources of information.
- Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
- Show compassion and support for individuals and communities more closely impacted.
- Avoid stigmatizing people who are in quarantine. They are making the right choice for their communities.
- Do not make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin.
Find out more from the CDC about how to reduce stigma and fight misinformation.
If you have questions or concerns about seasonal influenza (flu), see the Seasonal Flu Information page.