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WSU and Vaccine Information
The following information is intended to be a brief summary of these benefits. All trainees should seek information from the Office of Graduate Medical Education regarding eligibility costs and benefit plan options.
State and National Updates
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Department of Health is coordinating the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Its COVID-19 page provides vaccine information including a locator resource, data reports including statewide case counts, and new protection measures.
How to Protect Yourself
Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to protect yourself from the coronavirus. Please refer to the CDC for updated recommendations, including the recommended isolation and quarantine period.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you, please visit vaccines.gov
To find a COVID-19 testing location near you, please visit:
- Everett: Snohomish Health District
- Spokane: Spokane Regional Health District
- Tri-Cities: Benton Franklin Health District
- Vancouver : Clark County Public Health
Coronavirus Tips & Resource Videos
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty are providing tips, resources and advice for staying safe and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Lonika Sood, MD, Clinical Education Director for Internal Medicine, addresses common misconceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine and discusses its importance.
Research professor and bioethicist Dr. Thomas May discusses vaccine hesitancy and how to address it.
Fourth year medical student Kathryne Staudinger shares what medical school has been like while training during COVID-19.
Toolkit for Coping With COVID-19
Mental Health Resources
WSU Spokane Counseling Services: Phone line: 509-358-7740; After Hours: 509-368-6500 | Website: https://spokane.wsu.edu/studentaffairs/counseling-services/
WSU Mental Health Crisis Line: 509-368-6500
SAMHSA’s 24/7 365-Day-AYear Disaster Distress Helpline SAMHSA’s National Disaster Distress Helpline: The Toll-Free Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990i
Testing Positive for COVID-19
According to the CDC, people who test positive for the coronavirus and experience symptoms should:
- Monitor their symptoms. If you’re having trouble breathing, persistent pain, pressure in the chest or confusion, seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Stay in a room separate from other household members, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
- Don’t share personal household items.
- Wear a mask when around other people.
A person infected with COVID-19 should isolate from people for 10 full days, counting Day 1 as the first full day after symptoms developed. After isolation, health experts said, it’s not always necessary to retest. According to the CDC, “A positive test doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wait another 10 days because we know that these tests can stay positive for a while. After 10 days, it’s very unlikely you’ll be contagious.”
What if you’re vaccinated and asymptomatic and test positive?
Even if you’re asymptomatic, it’s important to isolate after testing positive for the coronavirus.
If you test positive for the coronavirus and never develop symptoms, the CDC says Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test and Day 1 is the first full day after your positive test.
If you develop symptoms before the 10-day isolation period is over, the agency said your period must start over with Day 0 being the first day of symptoms and Day 1 the first full day after symptoms develop.
Even if symptoms never develop, the CDC recommends following the same rules of isolation as someone who does have symptoms, including avoiding contact with other household members, using separate facilities, not sharing personal items and wearing a mask.