Health & Safety

Updates, reminders, and guidelines on topics such as vaccinations, mask-wearing, social gatherings, etc.

December 13

Christmas Break and Spring 2022 Semester COVID Planning

Hopefully a very well-deserved holiday break will allow for rest and recuperation with family and friends following a busy fall semester. The holidays can be a busy time, and we want to make sure you are aware of a few things to anticipate this Spring semester. Help us remain diligent and committed to protecting our campus community, especially as we plan for our return this Spring semester.

Please read the President's message for details of our Christmas break and Spring 2022 semester COVID planning.

December 17

Get Boosted!

Gonzaga encourages you to get a COVID-19 booster shot over winter break if you are eligible. This is an important step toward gathering safely with family and friends during the holidays, as well as keeping yourself and the Gonzaga community healthy when you return. Check out this short message from Taylor Jordan ’15, Gonzaga COVID-19 Coordinator/Compliance Officer.

 

Spokane Regional Health District/Spokane Falls Community College - Community Testing Site

A drive-up COVID-19 testing site is open to the community at Spokane Falls Community College. This testing site offers free testing and is open to anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Testing services are provided by Discovery Health MD and supported by Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).

Location: 
3410 W. Whistalks Way, Spokane, WA 99224
(testing site is visible from Whistalks Way—look for signs)

Cost:
Testing is free. If you have current health insurance, please bring your insurance information with you to the site or provide your information using the appointment scheduling link below.

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Appointments recommended; drive-ups welcome.

Test Information 
Lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests available with results in 48 - 72 hours. Test results are delivered through a secure online portal. Individuals who test positive will receive a phone call. Rapid tests are not available at this site.

Testing available for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

Questions?
Contact the DOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics at Health & Counseling Services for Gonzaga students

Health & Counseling Services Building (HCS)
704 E. Sharp Ave. (corner of Sharp Ave. and Dakota St.)

Flu shots $15
Payment : Bull dog bucks, credit card, and check accepted
Walk-ins only

Clinic Times

  • 10/15 - 1pm - 4pm 
  • 10/19 - 1pm - 4pm
  • 10/21 - 1pm - 4pm
  • 10/26 - 1pm - 4pm
  • 10/28 - 1pm - 4pm
  • 11/4 - 1pm - 4pm 

What to do if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Those who have symptoms or were potentially exposed should stay away from others (e.g., quarantine) pending their own test results and follow the advice of their healthcare provider.

Students are to report exposure via the COVID Hotline at  (509) 313-7070. Employees are to report to leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu. Current CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings as required by the Governor.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students

  • Call into the COVID-19 hotline at (509) 313-7070 ext. 1 to report your positive test and begin the contact tracing process.
  • On campus students will be moved into the isolation hall, and immediately connected to dining and care resources.
  • Notify your professors that you will be absent from class and discuss options for accommodations.
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your contact tracer.
  • Access the Student Isolation Guide (myGU) for more resources and support.

Employees

  • Stay home, except to get medical care, and notify HR by emailing leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu. In your email include:
    • What day you experienced your first symptom
    • When was your last day on campus? Did you have any close contacts on campus?
    • When did you test?
  • Notify your supervisor that you will not be coming to campus, you do not need to tell them you are COVID positive.
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your health care provider.
  • A contact tracer from Spokane Regional Health District will contact you to discuss high-risk exposures involving other Gonzaga community members and to identify any close contacts on campus who need to be quarantined.
  • Make arrangements to work virtually (if possible and/or approved by your supervisor) if you feel well enough, or if you are unable to work while you are sick, enter sick leave on your timesheet.

Individuals who test positive can return back to campus when

  • It has been at least 10 days after symptoms appeared; and
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)
 

Fall Family Flu Shot Clinic, Friday, 10/8, ONLY, 10AM to 1 PM (For Students, only)

Health & Counseling Services Building (HCS)
704 E. Sharp Ave. (corner of Sharp Ave. and Dakota St.)

There will be signage outside the NW doors of Hemmingson and near the Rosauers Center. These are the silver sign holders.

Flu shots $15

Payment : Student account, bull dog bucks, credit card

HCS will be closed to other kinds of visits during the flu shot clinic from 10-1

We are planning to have the students enter at the main front door;

  • A reception table will be in the lobby for paperwork;
  • Students will proceed down the east hall;
  • 4 exam rooms available with nursing students administering vaccine;
  • Hand sanitizer station at the front and the back of the clinic; and
  • Students will exit out the back east door

 

BRAVO to students and all who have stepped up to get vaccinated! 96% of our student population is fully vaccinated or ‘in-progress’. And all student documentation is IN! THANK YOU!! Way to ZagOn!

The COVID-19 Hotline Menu has been updated. Make a note to save time when you need to call! The COVID-19 Hotline is available at (509) 313-7070

  • If you are a student, press 1 to speak to our contact tracing team about your COVID test results, exposure, or symptoms.
    • After Hours – students can leave a message on the Contract Tracer account for follow-up.
  • If you are an employee press 2 to reach Human Resources.
  • If you are a parent press 3 to reach the New Student and Family Programs office.
    • Press zero to reach the university operator for other questions or wait on the line to leave a voice mail message.
  • After Hours – callers reach Campus Security & Public Safety where if needed, an on-call Residence Director can provide assistance.

Campus mask guidelines

  • Everyone is required to wear a mask indoors in any location that is generally accessible to any person from outside their household (i.e. any indoor area except your home.)
  • People who are not vaccinated are also required to wear masks indoors at all times. They should maintain at least six feet of distance when possible both indoors and outdoors.  

What to do if you are vaccinated and have symptoms of COVID-19

Students and employees should not come to campus if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Students must report symptoms of or known exposure to COVID-19 to the COVID Hotline at (509) 313-7070, and can access testing through Gonzaga University Health and Counseling Services (509) 313-4052, a local healthcare agency, or pharmacy.

Employees with symptoms are to send an email to leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu, isolate and test for COVID-19 immediately, regardless of vaccine status. Employees are to access testing through their health care provider or pharmacy.

What to do if you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Those who have symptoms or were potentially exposed should stay away from others (e.g., quarantine) pending their own test results and follow the advice of their healthcare provider.

Students are to report exposure via the COVID Hotline at  (509) 313-7070. Employees are to report to leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu. Current CDC guidance indicates that fully vaccinated individuals who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings as required by the Governor.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Students

  • Call into the COVID-19 hotline at (509) 313-7070 ext. 1 to report your positive test and begin the contact tracing process.
  • On campus students will be moved into the isolation hall, and immediately connected to dining and care resources.
  • Notify your professors that you will be absent from class and discuss options for accommodations.
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your contact tracer.
  • Access the Student Isolation Guide (myGU) for more resources and support.

Employees

  • Stay home, except to get medical care, and notify HR by emailing leaves.accommodations@gonzaga.edu. In your email include:
    • What day you experienced your first symptom
    • When was your last day on campus? Did you have any close contacts on campus?
    • When did you test?
  • Notify your supervisor that you will not be coming to campus, you do not need to tell them you are COVID positive.
  • Follow the health and safety instructions provided by your health care provider.
  • A contact tracer from Spokane Regional Health District will contact you to discuss high-risk exposures involving other Gonzaga community members and to identify any close contacts on campus who need to be quarantined.
  • Make arrangements to work virtually (if possible and/or approved by your supervisor) if you feel well enough, or if you are unable to work while you are sick, enter sick leave on your timesheet.

Individuals who test positive can return back to campus when

  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; and
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication; and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (Note: loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)