Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, is making headlines in the U.S. and around the world, and the situation is evolving. Yakima Valley College is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and following the lead of public health officials to do everything possible to keep our community safe and healthy.

For immediate questions or concerns, please contact the Washington Department of Health Call Center: 1.800.525.0127 and press #.

The campuses of Yakima Valley College remain closed to the public through the end of Fall quarter, except for select Workforce Education programs that require limited in-classroom instructional activities.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Letter from College President

July 1, 2020

YVC Students, Faculty, and Staff:

In response to the NWAC’s recent announcement of its Return to Play Guidelines for Fall Sports, Yakima Valley College has examined the effect of the NWAC guidelines on the college’s planned programming and the impact of the NWAC guidelines on YVC’s students, staff, and faculty as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After specifically considering the continued status of Yakima County in Phase One of Washington State’s Phased Approach to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other possible outcomes and impacts, the college has decided it is most appropriate to not offer any fall quarter sports programming.

This includes playing, training, and practice components for the Volleyball and Women’s Soccer seasons as well as the training and practice components for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, and Softball.  If Yakima County reaches Phase Three during the winter or spring quarters and there are other competing colleges that similarly delayed their fall sports, there is a possibility for volleyball and soccer competition in the winter or spring quarters.

YVC appreciates each student-athlete who chose to compete for us this fall and will honor any athletic aid promised to them should they choose to enroll at YVC for fall quarter online learning.  Should a student-athlete decide that another situation will allow them to be successful elsewhere, YVC stands ready to assist in that transition.

Yakima Valley College will consider the status of subsequent 2020-21 sport seasons for winter and spring at an appropriate time in the future and in accordance with the most current version of NWAC protocols for return.

YVC has always placed and will continue to place, a premium on the health and safety of its student‐athletes, coaches, athletic staff, support members, and fans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

All Coronavirus Updates

May 11, 2020

YVC Students, Faculty, and Staff:

As the governor pursues a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy, community colleges are now allowed to conduct some very limited in-person instructional activities. These activities are only possible for a small group of Workforce Education (WED) programs.

This change is only affecting a small number of YVC students, who are being contacted directly by their instructors and program leaders. Some of these students have returned to campus today, following very restrictive safety and social distancing guidelines. Each of the WED programs affected has created an approved set of safety protocols, including COVID-19 specific training.

These limited in-person interactions are designed to help WED students graduate on time. Our college is making every effort to ensure this required instruction takes place as safely as possible.

It is vital, as we stressed in the early days of this public health threat, that anyone who feels they are sick, or may become sick, stays away from YVC’s campuses. We are maintaining a host of COVID-19 related resources on our webpage: yvcc.edu/coronavirus

YVC remains committed to offering mostly online instruction at least through the conclusion of the upcoming Fall Quarter.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

May 1, 2020

YVC Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I am writing to you to share our plan for instruction in the Summer and Fall Quarters, and to provide a brief update on Advising Day.

As we continue to see the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and as Yakima County now is seeing the highest rate of infection, per capita, in the state, we have made the difficult decision to extend online learning through the entirety of Summer and Fall Quarters. We recognize this may come as a disappointment to some of you who wish to return to our classrooms as soon as possible. By making this decision now, we allow time for our faculty and staff to prepare properly for instruction in the months ahead.

We are hopeful that the governor will soon announce that, after May 4, some of our WED programs, that require limited hands-on activities due to their professional accreditation requirements, will be able to provide that instruction (beginning May 5 and continuing forward) using social distancing and appropriate protective equipment (PPE). While this is our hope, we need to hear directly from our governor that restrictions have been lifted. We are also working to acquire the appropriate personal protective equipment that the governor will require.

Please note: This decision affects instruction only. Decisions have not been made regarding the availability of on-campus resources, athletics, and many other issues. We ask for your continued patience. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Additionally, we are adjusting Spring Advising Day, which had previously been scheduled for May 5. YVC is hosting mandatory advising via telephone and email. Your advisor will call or e-mail you sometime between May 4 and May 13.

If your advisor has to leave you a voicemail or email, respond promptly. If you do not hear from your advisor by the end of the day May 13 and are unsure who your advisor is, contact the Counseling & Advising Center by phone at 509.574.4956, or by email at counseling@yvcc.edu.

If you have more than 30 college-level credits (100 level and above), advising is not mandatory. You may still have questions and your pathway advisor is available. Your advisor’s name and contact information are available in the Student Portal.

These are very challenging times and we are operating in a new and unfamiliar environment where the rules change very quickly.  Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and continued dedication to education, while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

April 28, 2020

YVC Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I am writing to you to share our plan for instruction in the Summer and Fall Quarters, and to provide a brief update on Advising Day.

As we continue to see the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and as Yakima County now is seeing the highest rate of infection, per capita, in the state, we have made the difficult decision to extend online learning through the entirety of Summer and Fall Quarters. We recognize this may come as a disappointment to some of you who wish to return to our classrooms as soon as possible. By making this decision now, we allow time for our faculty and staff to prepare properly for instruction in the months ahead.

We are hopeful that the governor will soon announce that, after May 4, some of our WED programs, that require limited hands-on activities due to their professional accreditation requirements, will be able to provide that instruction (beginning May 5 and continuing forward) using social distancing and appropriate protective equipment (PPE). While this is our hope, we need to hear directly from our governor that restrictions have been lifted. We are also working to acquire the appropriate personal protective equipment that the governor will require.

Please note: This decision affects instruction only. Decisions have not been made regarding the availability of on-campus resources, athletics, and many other issues. We ask for your continued patience. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Additionally, we are adjusting Spring Advising Day, which had previously been scheduled for May 5. YVC is hosting mandatory advising via telephone and email. Your advisor will call or e-mail you sometime between May 4 and May 13.

If your advisor has to leave you a voicemail or email, respond promptly. If you do not hear from your advisor by the end of the day May 13 and are unsure who your advisor is, contact the Counseling & Advising Center by phone at 509.574.4956, or by email at counseling@yvcc.edu.

If you have more than 30 college-level credits (100 level and above), advising is not mandatory. You may still have questions and your pathway advisor is available. Your advisor’s name and contact information are available in the Student Portal.

These are very challenging times and we are operating in a new and unfamiliar environment where the rules change very quickly.  Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and continued dedication to education, while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

YVC Students, Faculty and Staff:

Yakima Valley College, in the interest of the health and safety of our graduates and their families, has decided to cancel the commencement ceremony scheduled for June 19 in the Yakima Valley SunDome. This was a difficult decision, and we regret we will not have the chance to gather together to celebrate this year.

The college is instead creating a way for graduates to safely enjoy their accomplishments at home with their families. “A Celebration of Our Graduates” will be a unique and memorable event, a crowd-sourced, live-streamed video celebration 7 p.m. Friday, June 19. All expected graduates will be given the chance to have their moment in the spotlight . . . by submitting brief (six-second) video clips, shot “selfie-style,” celebrating their accomplishments and giving thanks to those who helped them succeed.

The videos will be edited together and unveiled live on the college’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, on the very same night our commencement was originally planned.

Earlier today I emailed expected graduates, sharing more details of the video submission process. We are encouraging students to be innovative in creating their videos. Submissions will be accepted between May 1-21, 2020, with more details to come  on the commencement page. For further information, please contact Community Relations at communityrelations@yvcc.edu.

Thank you all for your continued contributions to the YVC community.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

YVC Students, Faculty and Staff:

All campuses and learning centers of Yakima Valley College will remain closed to the public through May 4, in observance of the governor’s extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

Spring Quarter will still begin April 6, with online-only instruction. Classes will remain online-only for the entirety of Spring Quarter. Some limited hands-on learning, for a small number of select programs, may resume once the governor’s order is lifted.

YVC intends to resume availability of limited in-person on-campus resources once the governor’s order is lifted, with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.

As access to technology is essential to student success, we will continue with our planned distribution of laptops on our YVC and Grandview Campuses on April 6 and 7. Reservations may be required. For more information on this distribution.

Students have until April 10 to add classes, with instructor permission. Our Spring Quarter tuition due date has been extended to April 15. YVC expects significant financial support from the recently passed CARES Act. This money is expected to help enrolled students who face financial hardships related to the current public health crisis.

I encourage all students to continue on their educational path. Your college is here to ensure every student can succeed.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Recent public comments by the governor indicate he intends to soon extend his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, which is currently in place through April 6, and has mandated the current closure of our campuses to the public.

As we await this expected action from the governor, I’m writing you to announce a change in our operations for Spring Quarter.

In the interest of the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, Yakima Valley College has decided to continue mostly online instruction through the end of Spring Quarter. Previously, we had intended to resume normal operations during Spring Quarter, if allowed. As COVID-19 has advanced in our community, it has become clear full classroom operations won’t happen during Spring Quarter.

This was a difficult decision. I know that for students who would prefer to learn in a classroom, this is not an ideal solution.

To arrive at this decision, we consulted with the Yakima Health District and received input from over 1,000 students, the majority of whom (64%) were in favor of continuing our online instruction through the end of Spring Quarter.

The vast majority of our students will not visit a classroom this quarter, but some of our classes require hands-on activities. These will continue to be offered using social distancing recommendations, whenever the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is lifted. These on-campus activities will require college administration approval. These exceptions will not be made for Sciences and Performing Arts classwork. All instruction in the Sciences and Performing Arts, including hands-on lab components, will be offered online.

We will offer limited, but vital resources to students on our campuses once the governor’s order is lifted. These resources will include access to computer terminals for students, utilizing social distancing (staying six feet away from other people).

The college will continue to offer a wealth of online student support services, including one-on-one tutoring, advising, and counseling.

YVC has purchased a limited number of laptops, which will be made available to students on a first-come, first-serve basis starting April 6. Students can expect an invitation via email and student online portal from Technology Services today, announcing the process for reserving one of these laptops. Students who successfully reserve a laptop will receive these computers safely, via a drive-through delivery method on YVC’s Yakima Campus, and a controlled, one-at-a-time process on YVC’s Grandview Campus.

Students, please know your college is committed to doing all we can to help you throughout Spring Quarter. Every student can succeed. Please remember our tuition deadline has been extended to April 6. With the passage of the CARES Act, we are confident there will be unprecedented financial support to help our current students continue in their educational path in the months ahead.

Many of our faculty are eager to return to their offices to better serve students in remote learning. Employees cannot visit campus until the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is lifted, unless they receive approval to visit campus from one of YVC’s Vice Presidents. I appreciate the flexibility and commitment to students our faculty are showing in adapting so many of their lesson plans for online delivery, now through the end of Spring Quarter.

Finally, I have an announcement regarding the reporting of COVID-19 cases. YVC has received new guidance from the Yakima Health District. Moving forward, the college will not publicly announce new positive or suspected positive cases among students, faculty, and staff. Instead, we will communicate directly with anyone we believe may have been in close contact with the affected individual. This guidance is based on the health district’s recognition it has been more than 14 days since large numbers of people have been on YVC’s campuses, and the health district’s belief COVID-19 is now widespread in Yakima County.

We continue to encourage anyone with information regarding the development of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus to report their concerns to HR, at 509.574.4670, or yvcchr@yvcc.edu.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

An instructor at the Yakima Campus of Yakima Valley College has recently informed the college of a suspected case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The instructor reports “documented exposure” connected to an individual who has tested positive in Kittitas County. The instructor reports first experiencing symptoms on March 16th, and visiting a local hospital ER on March 23rd. The instructor reports they were told they were likely positive, but no test was ordered. The instructor was released from the hospital that day, and remains isolated.

Despite the absence of a positive test, we have decided to share this information out of an abundance of caution, in the interest of public health and safety. The instructor last visited YVC’s Yakima Campus on March 13th.

All students who attended class with this instructor, or who attended class in the classrooms in which this instructor worked, have already been notified by email.

YVC’s campuses are already closed to the public, and are scheduled to remain closed to the public through April 6th. The buildings in which the instructor worked are being deep-cleaned, as we continue to prioritize health and safety.

Our coronavirus webpage will be updated daily to keep you informed of any future suspected or confirmed cases.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to act in accordance with the latest and best information provided by health officials.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. YVC students or employees who know they have had exposure to coronavirus or are feeling any symptoms are encouraged to self-isolate, contact the college’s Human Resource Services Office at 509.574.4670 or yvcchr@yvcc.edu, and contact a health care provider by phone or email for further guidance.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

In response to the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all campuses and learning centers of Yakima Valley College will be closed to the public, starting tomorrow, March 25, and lasting through Monday, April 6.

While the vast majority of our employees will not be on campus during this time, our staff will be hard at work serving students. There is a wealth of resources available at www.yvcc.edu, and we have a full list of telephone numbers available to students listed below.

Spring Quarter will still begin April 6, with online-only interactions on that day. YVC intends to resume availability of limited in-person resources and limited in-person instruction on April 7.  Any on-campus interaction will be conducted with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines. Of course, these dates are subject to change, and YVC will continue to follow the governor’s directives when making operational decisions.

Please continue to prioritize health and safety in these difficult times. Rest assured your college is here to serve you as we prepare for Spring Quarter.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Tonight, Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay home, stay healthy” order, effective Wednesday and remaining in effect until further notice, to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

Students, please know that Yakima Valley College will continue to educate and serve you this Spring Quarter. In the interest of safety, YVC faculty and staff continue to prepare to function as a mostly online institution with online classes and services and very limited on-campus interactions.

To help students progress on their academic paths, we have decided to move back our tuition due date. Tuition for Spring Quarter will now be due Monday, April 6. Spring Quarter will begin April 6th. We are currently evaluating whether some “hands-on” programs may still be required to begin March 31.

For students who require access to computers and Wi-Fi in order to participate in online courses, a limited number of computers will be made available.  To comply with the Governor’s order, we encourage students to refrain from coming to campus and instead to contact college services online (at yvcc.edu) or through the following phone numbers.

·         Technology Services Help for Students: 509.574.4717

·         Enrollment Services Help for Students: 509.574.4700

·         Financial Aid Services Help for Students: 509.574.6855

·         Disability Services Help for Students: 509.574.4960

·         Bookstore Help for Students: 509.574.4625

·         General Information Aassistance: 509.574.4600  (Yakima Campus); 509.882.7000 (Grandview Campus)

These phone numbers should be available to you during normal business hours (M-F, 8 am – 5 pm) during Spring Break and throughout the upcoming Spring Quarter.

I know there are many questions from faculty and staff regarding tonight’s announcement from the governor. YVC faculty and staff should expect further communication from Executive Director of Human Resource Services, Steven Sloniker, regarding workplace impacts.

Our first priority is to keep everyone safe.  As YVC transitions to mostly online instruction and services, our faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed. Please take a moment to view the inspiring video released this morning on social media:

“YVC – We Are All In This Together”

Thank you for your continued vigilance against COVID-19, and for your steadfast commitment to your education.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Tomorrow is the last day of an extraordinary Finals Week, and I wish to thank all of you for your hard work. Because of you, Yakima Valley College is delivering a successful close to Winter Quarter. As we move forward, I have important information to share with you.

YVC is adjusting its Spring Quarter academic calendar. Spring Quarter will now start a week late, with classes beginning Monday, April 6th. There are exceptions. A few programs must start on time in order to complete their specific course requirements.

Here is the list of all programs that will start on time, as previously scheduled:

  •  Automotive
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Radiologic Science
  • Veterinary Technology

YVC will conclude Spring Quarter as scheduled, with Spring Final Exams conducted June 8-10.

There have been many questions regarding student services. We have compiled a full list of our services, including hours of operation. Many services will be available by appointment only. For the list of services, and more information, please visit yvcc.edu/services/coronavirus-services/

Spring Break is almost upon us. I implore all of us to prioritize health and safety during this time, for ourselves and for the greater community. A list of trusted health resources is available at www.yvcc.edu/coronavirus/

Finally, let me re-affirm: Yakima Valley College is committed to putting students first. I look forward to sharing with you, in the days ahead, YVC’s plan to help all students succeed this Spring Quarter. We understand many face challenges in accessing technology at home. We are working diligently to ensure every student who needs help, gets help.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Monday, March 16, 2020 Update

Letter from College President

Thank you to the many members of our campus community who have dedicated extraordinary time and energy over the past three days preparing for Finals Week. To students who are taking exams, I wish you the best of luck and know you will do well.

As expected, there have been many questions about our campuses’ limited operations for Finals Week. Here is a brief video, which gives an overview of what you can expect in the days ahead:

“Yakima Valley College – Moving Forward” 

As for student services, please know that essential student services are available at Yakima Valley College’s campuses, including admission, registration, and financial aid. For students with a direct academic need, some other in-person resources are also available on campus, with restrictions. These services include the library and bookstore, which will enforce limits on the number of students who can access them at any given time. Campus-wide, we are enforcing the principles of social distancing, keeping individuals six feet apart, with enhanced cleaning protocols in place.

I recognize there are challenges and inconveniences for all of us as we comply with the governor’s directive. Thank you for your flexibility, and your commitment to our campus community.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Today, in the interest of public health, the Governor ordered all colleges, including YVC, to move to online instruction and restrict on-campus activity starting next week.

Yakima Valley College will be in full compliance with the Governor’s directive, transitioning courses and exams to an online format and offering reduced services starting Monday March 16th, and lasting through April 24th.

Throughout this period, Yakima Valley College will continue to educate and serve our students.

Next week we have three days of final exams before students go on spring break. Most final exams will be available online. We will work with students to remove any barriers to online access. Some courses, such as Nursing, may require hands-on exams that can only be administered in person. Those exams will be offered on-campus, but following the Governor’s directive to provide a safe distance between individuals. Students can expect further communication from faculty regarding the format of their finals.

Essential student support services will be available enabling students to register for Spring Quarter classes.

We hope these temporary changes will help slow the spread of this current public health threat.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Today I have a brief update to share with you.

Last night, multiple news outlets reported the Yakima Health District has confirmed two cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Yakima County, with both patients currently in isolation. The health district expects our area will see an increase in positive tests in the near future.

As of today, (Thursday, March 12) Yakima Valley College’s campuses and learning centers remain open and operating as normal, with enhanced cleaning protocols in place, and extensive preparation underway in expectation of further local spread of the virus.

We have chosen to cancel some upcoming campus events, including the “Know Your Roots” choir concert that had been scheduled for this Friday and Saturday. More cancellations may come in the near future. Please refer to our Event Calendar at for up-to-date information on event cancellations.

As you know, next week is Finals Week, and the following week brings us to Spring Break. As a college, we are engaged in extensive discussion and planning regarding Spring Quarter. I look forward to sharing, in the very near future, an announcement regarding our plan to best serve students in Spring Quarter.

Meanwhile, please remain mindful of the following:

It is imperative all persons connected to Yakima Valley College stay home at the first sign of symptoms, including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

We encourage anyone with information regarding the development of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus to stay home and report their concerns to HR, at 509.574.4670, or yvcchr@yvcc.edu.

We continue to offer resources for you on the YVC website, including daily updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, at the following link: www.yvcc.edu/coronavirus/

For your health, and the health of others, please continue to follow the same precautions used to limit the spread of flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Please stay home if you become sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Thank you for your continued attention. We will continue to update you as more information comes available.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

March 9, 2020

Yakima Valley College is monitoring the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working directly with local public health officials in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy.

As of today (Monday, March 9) the Yakima County Health District is indicating there are no confirmed cases in Yakima County; however, health officials are investigating concerns over potential exposure at the Yakima Square & Dance Center, at 207 E. Charron Road, in Moxee, between February 22 and March 7. In Kittitas County, health officials have confirmed a positive test for a 67-year-old woman, and declared a state of emergency in response to increased testing.

Our campuses and learning centers remain open and operating as normal, with enhanced cleaning protocols in place, and extensive preparation underway in expectation of local spread of the virus.

As part of our COVID-19 preparation, YVC’s instructional team is enhancing its ability to manage coursework online. We are evaluating YVC-related travel and events, and have already cancelled some community-sponsored events in the interest of public health. Our Office of Human Resource Services (HR) is tracking illness-related absences and investigating any reports of coronavirus-related concerns.

It is imperative all persons connected to Yakima Valley College stay home at the first sign of symptoms, including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

We encourage anyone with information regarding the development of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus to stay home and report their concerns to HR, at 509.574.4670, or yvcchr@yvcc.edu.

We continue to offer resources for you on this YVC website, including daily updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

For your health, and the health of others, please continue to follow the same precautions used to limit the spread of flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Please stay home if you become sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Thank you for your continued attention. We will continue to update you as more information comes available.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Letter from College President

Yakima Valley College is monitoring the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the lead of public health officials in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy. Our knowledge of COVID-19 is still rapidly evolving. As of today (Tuesday, March 3) the Yakima County Health District confirms there are no suspected cases of the virus in Yakima County.

Now more than ever, it is important for you to follow the same precautions used to limit the spread of flu and the common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you become sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have immediate questions or concerns about COVID-19, please contact the Washington Department of Health’s newly established Call Center: 1.800.525.0127 (then press #) .

Meanwhile, we have collected more informational resources for you on this YVC webpage, including daily updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

I wish to discourage any stigma related to this virus outbreak. Elsewhere, we have seen reports of coronavirus fear resulting in incidents of bias and harassment. YVC will not condone harassment against individuals or groups. If you witness or experience any bias or harassment please report it to our Campus Safety Office at 509-574-4610. Additionally, YVC students who need more personal support during this time are encouraged to seek counseling services at our  Counseling & Advising Center.

Our campuses and learning centers remain open and operating as normal. Our custodial staff has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol, with particular emphasis on commonly touched surfaces. Following practices first implemented in the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, YVC is now gathering a committee with representation from all sectors of our campus community to help guide our response as the situation evolves.

We thank you for your attention to this developing public health issue. We will continue to update you as more information comes available.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Linda Kaminski
President, Yakima Valley College

Combatting Stigma

YVC will not condone harassment against individuals or groups. If you witness or experience any bias or harassment please report it to our Campus Safety Office at 509-574-4610. Additionally, YVC students who need more personal support during this time are encouraged to seek counseling services at our Counseling & Advising CenterCoronavirus Stigma Fact Sheet