WSU launches Cougs Cancel COVID campaign

A sign on the WSU Pullman campus that reads 'Did you even wash your hands?'

Washington State University’s Division of Student Affairs has teamed up with students to promote behaviors that help keep the Cougar community at‑large healthy.

The result: Cougs Cancel COVID, a campaign charging all members of the WSU community with doing their part to keep those around them safe.

Thousands of students call Pullman home, and this year many remained at home. No matter where students are, it’s vital for them to act in ways that promote public health while encouraging others to follow suit, Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales said Friday during a campaign rollout event.

“This is about Cougs everywhere taking care of each other,” Gonzales said.

Wearing face masks, distancing at least six feet from others, frequent hand washing and staying home when feeling sick are critical actions everyone must take to help reduce the spread of COVID‑19, WSU leaders said. Everyone who visits a WSU campus or work site must also complete training and a self‑attestation prior to doing so, according to Jill Creighton, dean of students & associate vice president for campus life.

The goal of the campaign is to support members of the university community in making healthy choices as well as promoting them with signs and social media messages. WSU is partnering with landlords, local businesses and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce to ensure the messages are spread throughout the community.

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