Washington State University continues to track conditions across the state with regards to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

WSU monitoring public health data in light of Omicron variant

Washington State University continues to track conditions across the state with regards to the Omicron variant of COVID‑19.

Decision-making concerning campus operations will continue to be informed by data and guidance from state and county health agencies. WSU leaders remain confident that, based on current conditions, the Spring 2022 semester will be in‑person at all physical campuses.

As of earlier this week, there are less than 10 active COVID‑19 cases across the entire system. High rates of vaccination among students and employees bolsters WSU against the threat posed by Omicron and mitigate the risk of severe illness within local communities.

Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for a booster shot, and we encourage all members of the WSU community to obtain a COVID‑19 booster as soon as possible. Boosters are proving to be largely effective against Omicron. The state of Washington’s Vaccine Locator tool can help residents find a vaccine or booster nearby. Though Cougar Health Services is also planning to increase its number of boosters available to students on the WSU Pullman campus following the winter break, don’t wait until January if you are eligible now.

Unvaccinated populations face the greatest threat from the Omicron variant, according to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why it is critically important that any unvaccinated members of the WSU community seek out the COVID‑19 vaccine with urgency.

Face masks will continue to be critical in preventing the spread of illness during the holiday season. The university implores Cougs to keep their masks on indoors, especially when there are large numbers of people of unknown vaccination status. With the arrival of winter, it’s also important for everyone to get a seasonal flu shot to help reduce the spread of illness.

Leaders at each WSU campus are monitoring conditions within their communities and will take appropriate action to protect public health. Updates will continue to be provided in the coming weeks.

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