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 #.

Coronavirus Updates

Letter from College President

March 25, 2020

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

Previous Coronavirus Updates

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Update

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Update

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Update

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

Friday, March 13, 2020

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

Thursday, March 12

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