Acknowledging the national attention on WSU Pullman’s COVID‑19 outbreak, WSU President Kirk Schulz reinforced the university’s ongoing commitment to containing the spread and working with stakeholders to protect the communities where WSU facilities are located.

“Our best efforts to develop strategies to meet the demands of COVID‑19 have, at times, been met with profound obstacles,” Schulz said in a message to WSU students, faculty and staff on Friday. “There is no established playbook for managing the ever-changing demands of COVID‑19. But in keeping with the Cougar Spirit, we will continue to work together and adapt to the rapidly evolving challenges our university faces.”

Schulz reviewed numerous steps WSU has taken in response to the outbreak, including the aggressive expansion of free COVID‑19 testing for students in Pullman that has resulted in more than 1,500 students being tested so far this month to provide better information for university and public health officials to develop effective response strategies. He also noted that plans are underway to extend testing in the near future to Pullman campus faculty and staff.

The full message can be read online.