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Wendell Hill Hall B - FAQS

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What is happening on campus Monday, October 19?

Wendell Hill Hall B residents and support staff will be tested for COVID-19 as part of an active surveillance protocol. Residents and staff will be under self-isolation from Monday until they receive their test results and are released by the Kittitas County Public Health department (KCPHD).


What does “active surveillance protocol" mean?    

An active surveillance protocol is when public health authorities initiate disease data gathering from health care reporting authorities including laboratories, physicians, hospitals, or the general population. Active surveillance is typically initiated when the number of positive cases of an infectious disease exceeds the expected or baseline number.

See the CWU Dashboard for additional COVID-19-related definitions.


How many cases of COVID-19 are in Wendell Hill Hall B (WHHB)?

As of Sunday afternoon, October 18, there were six confirmed positive cases or 3% of the residents in WHHB.


Why is CWU testing residents and staff in Wendell Hill Hall B?
Out of an abundance of caution, CWU has issued a directive, with the support of the KCPHD, to test all residents and support staff in Wendell Hill Hall B as part of its active surveillance protocols. This community is under investigation because of the number of positive COVID-19 cases and the potential of an epidemiological link between the cases and the residence hall.


Who will be tested, when will testing take place, and where will it be administered?

All 178 residents in addition to staff who work in Wendall Hill Hall B will be tested on Monday, October 19, in the residence hall lobby. Those being tested have been notified and provided instructions by text, e-mail, phone call, flyer, or a combination of these communication channels.  Small groups of residents will be escorted to the testing site to ensure proper physical distancing and adherence to safety protocols. Support staff will be tested as one group, separate from the students.


Upon completion of their tests, residents will be required to self-isolate until they receive their test results and have been released by KCPHD. They will also be provided with information regarding access to their meal plan, health and wellness, plus other helpful resources. CWU’s Student Medical staff will be handling all aspects of testing.


How long do test results take and how long must I self-isolate?

Test results are typically available after 48 hours; however, with high testing volumes at the reference labs, results can take up to seven days. Individuals who were tested will be required to self-isolate until they receive their test results and have been released by KCPHD.


How much do the tests cost?

All testing will be free of charge to residents and staff of Wendall Hill Hall B.


I dont live in Wendell Hill Hall B, but I am a friend, instructor, or family member of a resident. Do I need to get tested?

No, you do not need to get tested. However, if you are symptomatic, you are encouraged to contact your health care provider.


Do I have to self-isolate if I am identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case, but I dont feel sick or have symptoms?

Yes. Close contacts are identified during COVID-19 positive case investigations by KCPHD and must self-isolate for 14 days. If contacted by KCPHD, you will receive instructions on how you should proceed.


How long will Wendell Hill Hall B be locked down? 

All residents have been asked to self-isolate within Wendell Hill Hall B until they receive their test results and are released by the Kittitas County Public Health Department. No visitors will be allowed so that CWU can ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.


Upon completion of their tests, residents will be provided with information regarding access to their meal plans, health and wellness resources, and other helpful resources.



  • I didn’t receive a residence hall room assignment as of yet and am in the queue to be assigned.  When will I learn if I am assigned a room?
      • Our staff is working hard on placing students who have requested housing and we will be sending weekly updates to students via their CWU e-mail accounts every Monday by 5pm.
  • Will I have to pay for a single room? 
      • All students will be assessed a flat double room rate of $7,145 regardless of the type of suite they will be residing in for 2020-2021.   Students can review their selected meal plans on their MyHousing account.
  • Will I still be required to have a meal plan?
      • All students who reside in a residence hall will receive a meal plan.
  • Am I required to live on campus for the 2020-2021 academic year?
      • The live-on requirement has been waived for students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2020. You do not need to complete an exemption request if you are choosing to live off campus.  If you have filled out a housing application and need to cancel that application, you may do so online through the MyHousing portal.
  • Will I be assigned with the roommate I choose?
      • We are only able to offer single rooms for Fall 2020. 
  • What if I have extenuating circumstances and must live in a residence hall setting this Fall?
      • We understand many of our students call CWU their home.  Additionally, many of our students are still participating in face-to-face classes requiring them to live on campus.  While our number of residence hall spaces has been reduced, we will work with each student who needs housing to help them find a space on campus. Extenuating circumstances may include but are not limited to housing insecurity, foster youth, local employment, lack of technology or stable internet at their permanent home, and ADA accommodations.   
  • Am I guaranteed housing?
      • We know this time brings many uncertainties.  We are committed to housing any student who needs to have housing in Ellensburg, but it may take some time to work through the reallocation of spaces.  While we cannot guarantee housing, we are hopeful we can accommodate most students. 
  • Can I live in the on campus apartments?
      • Transfer and Sophomore and above students are eligible to live in the on-campus apartments. If you have an application and deposit completed, please contact Housing at to check the status of your application.  If you would like to submit an application, you can do so at your MyHousing page.  Apartments are assigned based on desired move-in date, type of apartment requested, and are not guaranteed.
  • Can I come to campus in Winter or Spring Quarter?
      • Decisions around Winter and Spring Quarter have not been determined at this time.  Our ability to offer additional students housing is dependent on safety considerations and under the discretion of CWU, local, and state departments of public health.
  • What will happen if there is a positive case on campus?
      • Housing and Residence Life is working closely with the University, local and state health departments to adhere to best practices and responses to COVID-19.  We have spaces dedicated to self-isolation and quarantine and are working closing with campus partners to respond to any student needs.
  • Who will be responsible for cleaning my dedicated/suite style bathroom?
  • Students assigned to the suite/dedicated restroom are responsible for all cleaning of their restrooms. Please bring appropriate cleaning supplies.

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