Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates
As we approach the beginning of Fall Quarter, I wanted to share a reminder of Yakima Valley College’s COVID safety protocols. Your diligence in following safety protocols over the past two and a half years has helped protect the safety of our entire community. Please know how much I appreciate your efforts, which remain essential as we return to more regular operations on campus this quarter.
If you have a positive COVID test, or if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID but do not yet have test results, do not come to campus. Get tested if you haven’t already done so. YVC continues to follow the CDC’s guidance regarding isolation periods for COVID-19 positive tests and precautions to take if you were exposed to COVID-19. Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or are waiting on test results should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses. Questions can be directed to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610.
Wearing masks is voluntary while indoors on campus with the following exceptions:
- Masks are mandatory in YVC’s dental hygiene clinic, where masks continue to be required at all times per Washington state requirements for health care facilities.
- An individual returning to campus after a positive COVID test and the required 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result per CDC guidance.
- Anyone who has had a close exposure to COVID-19 must wear a mask for the full 10 days after exposure and should get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure per CDC guidance.
We support individual masking decisions by those individuals on campus and ask everyone to be respectful of the choices of others.
We encourage maintaining 3-foot physical distancing when possible while indoors.
We continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated and receive boosters as the best way to reduce the chance of infection and serious illness for yourself and others.
Thank you for continuing to care for one another. As we resume a full schedule of in-person services, your grace and respect for all members of the YVC community will help us successfully navigate our return to regular operations.
President, Yakima Valley College