PNWU Response to COVID-19

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences' Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Yakima, WA – Representatives from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

Following guidance from the CDC, Department of Education, Washington State Department of Health, and Yakima Health District, PNWU is implementing several measures to further contribute to the health of our campus and community. As the situation evolves, we will continue to study and measure the actions being taken to limit the spread of the virus to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community.

“The safety and well-being of PNWU students and employees continue to be our priority, along with the protection of our broader communities,” explained Dr. Michael Lawler, President of PNWU.

As of now, our campus remains open. Effective March 16, 2020, PNWU will shift to online and other alternative formats to deliver courses for the remainder of the semester. As part of community mitigation strategies to prevent the potential spread of the virus, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible, and have been instructed to not come to campus if sick. Additionally, individual accommodations are being made for those who need to care for ill household members, and all large university-related gatherings and events through the end of April have been cancelled.

These measures apply CDC-recommended practices of social distancing to help reduce exposure and increase containment of the virus, as preventing exposure and stopping transmission are keys to sustaining community health. Going forward, we will continually evaluate these approaches and adjust as warranted, and continue updating our community with the latest news relating to PNWU’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.



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