Alerts & Updates

This page will provide information and updates related to developing events in Pullman. 

UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD
05/26/2020

Pullman PD is receiving multiple reports of unemployment fraud victimizing Pullman residents. Suspects create an account with the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) utilizing victims name, birth date, and social security number, and apply for unemployment benefits. To find out if you are a victim of unemployment fraud and have not yet created a personal Washington State ESD account, go to https://esd.wa.gov and go through the steps to create an account. During that process you will discover if a fraudulent account has been created in your name. If so, there is also a link on the same website to report fraud.

 Washington State Employment Security  Department (ESD)

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COVID-19

05/27/2020
Governor's Phase 1 and 2 Religious And Faith Based Guidance
Department of Health Updates Definition of "Close Contact" to Align with CDC

05/26/2020
Whitman County Reports Additional Case of COVID-19
Governor's Memo: Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications & Phase 2 Requirements
Phase 2 Outdoor Recreation Requirements

05/20/2020
One Additional Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Whitman County

05/19/2020
Governor's Memo: Phase 2 Real Estate Requirements
Phase 2 Real Estate Requirements
Governor's Memo: Resuming Fitness & Training
Phase 2 Fitness & Training Reopening Requirements

05/18/2020
Governor Announces Restart of All Medical Services
Governor's Memo: Resuming Pet Grooming
Phase 2 Pet Grooming Industry Requirements

05/15/2020
Whitman County Granted Phase 2 Reopening Variance
Whitman County Emergency Management News Release
Additional Positive Case of COVID-19 in Whitman County
Governor's Memo: Resuming Construction
Phase 2 Construction Job Site Requirements
Governor's Memo: Resuming Professional Photography
Phase 2 Professional Photography Requirements
Governor's Memo: Golf Phase 1 Clarifications & Phase 2 Requirements
Phase 1 Golf Restart Clarifications to Requirements & Recommendations
Phase 2 Golf Restart Requirements & Recommendations
Governor's Statement & Guidance: Voluntary Contact Information

05/14/2020
One New Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Whitman County

05/13/2020
Whitman County Applies for Waiver to Enter Phase 2 of Washington State's Safe Start Recovery Plan

05/12/2020
Statewide Contact Tracing Initiative Announced

05/05/2020
Safe Start Washington Proclamation Amendment: Phase 1

05/04/2020
Outdoor Recreation Restart Requirements & Recommendations

05/01/2020
Governor Inslee Extends Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31

04/29/2020
Governor Inslee Rolls Out COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard
Governor Inslee Announces Easing of Elective Surgery Restrictions
Governor Inslee Provides Additional Guidance on Construction and FAQ's


04/27/2020
Governor Inslee Announces Easing of Outdoor Restrictions

Reopening Outdoor Recreation
04/24/2020
Implementation of Phase 1 Construction Released by Governor Inslee
COVID-19 Job Site Requirements

04/22/2020
Washington Recovery Plan Released by Governor Inslee


One Additional Case of COVID-19 in Whitman County
One additional case of COVID-19 reported in Whitman County, a male patient between the ages of 20 and 39. 

04/18/2020
New Case of COVID-19 Reported in Whitman County

One additional case of COVID-19 has been reported in Whitman County. The male patient, between the ages of 20 and 39, is stable and self-isolating at home.

04/16/2020
One New Case of COVID-19 in Whitman County

One positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Whitman County, bringing the total to 14. The female patient is between the ages of 20 and 39, and is self-isolating at home.

04/14/2020
One Additional Case of COVID-19 in Whitman County

Whitman County reports one additional positive COVID-19 case. The female patient is over the age of 80. 

04/13/2020
Governor Inslee Issues Proclamation Providing Protection to High-Risk Workers

The new order helps to protect older workers, and those with underlying health conditions, while also protecting their ability to remain employed.

Proclamation 20-46: High Risk Employees - Worker's Rights

04/10/2020
Increase in Fraudulent Activities Related to COVID-19

Officials have seen an increase in fraudulent activities related to COVID-19, including fake testing sites, testing kits, treatment advertisements, robocalls, and in-person fraud attempts. If you become aware of, or are targeted by, any of these scammers, please contact the Washington State Fusion Center via email.  

04/09/2020
Whitman County COVID-19 Patient Update

Of the twelve confirmed cases of COVID-19, four patients have fully recovered and have been cleared from isolation.

04/06/2020
Washington School Closure Extended for Remainder of 2019-20 School Year

Governor Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced the extension of public and private school closures for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. 

Governor Offers Guidance Related to Enforcement
In an effort to ensure consistency in enforcement of Governor Inslee's proclamations, specific guidelines have been established for violations by individuals, private groups, and businesses. 

Guidelines for Enforcement

04/03/2020
Whitman County Remains at 11 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Whitman County Public Health reports that all eleven patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are stable, and isolating at home. Those who have been identified as having had possible exposure to them have been notified. 

License Renewal Period Extended
In order to reduce the risk of disease transmission, a temporary extension for personal and commercial drivers licenses has been granted through May 3, 2020.

Amending Proclamation 20-05: 20-41 License Renewal Extension

Statutory Limits for DUI License Suspension Hearings Extended 
The 30-day statutory provision for DUI license suspension hearings has been waived and suspended through May 3, 2020. 

Amending Proclamation 20-05: 20-42 Driver License Suspension

04/02/2020
Governor Inslee extends "Stay Home - Stay Healthy" Proclamation through May 4

One additional case confirmed in Whitman County
Public Health officials are working to identify those who may have been in close contact with the infected patient. 

04/01/2020
Whitman County Emergency Management Confirms Two New Cases of COVID-19

There are now 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County.

03/31/2020
Governor's Guidance Bulletin - Proclamation 20-25

Governor Inslee provides updated interpretive guidance related to the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. 

03/30/2020
Governor Inslee Announces Online Reporting Option for Order Violations

At his press briefing, Governor Inslee announced an online form for reporting violations of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order by businesses within the State of Washington. A link to the list of essential businesses is included. This form is NOT intended for reporting violations by individuals or private groups. These types of violations should be reported to local law enforcement via non-emergency reporting lines (not 911).
Pullman non-emergency dispatch:  (509) 332-2521
Report a Business Violation

Whitman County Emergency Management News Release
There are now eight positive COVID-19 cases reported in Whitman County. 

03/28/2020
6th Positive COVID-19 Case in Whitman County

03/27/2020
Five Positive COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Whitman County
Chief Jenkins Issues "Proclamation Violations" News Release

03/25/2020
Construction Guidance: "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Proclamation
In general, commercial and residential construction is not authorized under Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Proclamation. However, there are exceptions under limited circumstances:
-Construction related to essential activities as described in the order.
-To further a public purpose related to a public entity or governmental function or facility, including but not limited to publicly financed low-income housing; or
-To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions, and address emergency repairs at both non-essential businesses and residential structures.

Governor's Construction Guidance Memo

03/24/2020
Pullman PD Suspends In-Person Business Services

As a consequence of Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation, and to safeguard the health of Pullman Police employees and the public, in-person business services at the Police Department are suspended. A variety of services can be conducted by mail, email, or online.

03/23/2020
Governor Inslee Issues "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order will:
-Require every Washingtonian to stay home, unless pursuing an essential activity.
-Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
-Close all businesses, except essential businesses. 

Governor's Stay Healthy, Stay Home Proclamation
WA Essential Workforce List

Second Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Whitman County
A female patient in her 70's is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Whitman County. Public Health officials are working to identify those who have had contact with the patient. 

City Playgrounds & Restrooms Closed (Trails & Green Spaces Remain Open)
For the safety of our community, the playground equipment and restrooms within the City of Pullman park system are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The health of our community is extremely important to us and in order to keep everyone safe we deem this a necessary measure. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your support and compliance with these necessary safety measures. For questions or more information please call Pullman Parks, Facilities & Recreation at 509-338-3227, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

03/22/2020
COVID-19 Positive Test in Whitman County
Whitman County Health Department received a positive test result for COVID-19 in a Whitman County resident.  Patient is female between the age of 20 – 29.  Patient has recovered and is self-isolating at home.  Whitman County Health Department is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure risk because of contact with this person. 

03/19/2020
Governor announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures. Click here for story.
Click here to view Proclamation.

Pullman City Firefighter Released from Quarantine
The Pullman firefighter-medic, who was exposed to a patient suspected of possible COVID-19 infection yesterday, was released from quarantine today after the patient’s test returned negative for COVID-19. That firefighter-medic can now return to full duty protecting the citizens of Pullman.

Pullman City Firefighter Quarantined
During a patient transport to Pullman Regional Hospital yesterday morning, a Pullman firefighter-medic was exposed to a patient, later determined to be suspected of a possible COVID-19 infection. Out of an abundance of caution, the firefighter is under quarantine, pending test results from the original patient. City staff remain in regular contact with the Whitman County Department of Public Health for guidance.

03/16/2020
City of Pullman Changes Services due to COVID-19

The City of Pullman continues to monitor impacts and precautions surrounding COVID-19, including recommendations by the CDC and orders issued by Governor Jay Inslee. The health and safety of our Pullman community, and City of Pullman staff, is our top priority. In order to ensure the safest possible environment, the following measures are effective immediately: 

  • Persons who need to conduct business with any city of Pullman office should first call ahead to schedule an appointment, or handle business by phone or email whenever possible.
  • The city of Pullman Finance and Administration Office is open to the public by appointment only. Utility billing payments may be made online, by mail, or via the utility payment drop box on Paradise Street, across from Paradise Creek Brewery. If these payment methods are not an option for you, please call to coordinate payment. At this time, the city of Pullman will not be performing residential or commercial utility shut-offs for accounts currently in default.
  • Public Works and Planning Department business, including permitting, will be conducted by appointment only.
  • All Recreation programs, including preschool, are suspended until April 27, 2020. The Pullman Aquatic and Fitness Center is closed until further notice.
  • The Pullman Senior Center is closed, and all programming is canceled until further notice. Meal delivery service is available on Tuesdays and Fridays, through the Council on Aging. Those who wish to request meal service should call (509) 338-3307 by 11:00am.
  • Neill Public Library is closed to the public. Books may be returned via the external drop box.
  • Pullman Fire Department facilities are closed to the public. There will be no tours or guests permitted within station facilities.
  • The Pullman Police Department lobby remains open. No citizen rides, tours, or visitors will be permitted into the station’s secure area. Unless business is urgent, citizens are asked to avoid visiting the lobby at this time. Fingerprint services (with the exception of Concealed Pistol Licensing) is suspended until further notice. Parking tickets may be paid online, by phone, or by mail.
  • Until further notice, Pullman Transit will operate on a limited schedule. Please visit the Pullman Transit website for schedule and route updates.
  • If planning to visit offsite locations, including Parks and Recreation, Pullman Transit or Maintenance and Operations, please call ahead.

Commission and board meetings will adhere with Governor Inslee’s directives for public meetings and gatherings.

We urge our Pullman community to continue to follow CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including handwashing and social distancing.

News Release 03/16/2020

Governor's Emergency Proclamation (Amendment to 20-05)
The following are key excerpts from the March 16, 2020 proclamation, which amended Governor Inslee's February 29, 2020 proclamation (20-05):  

Prohibit the onsite consumption of food and/or beverages in a public venue

1. Restaurants;
2. Food courts;
3. Bars;
4. Taverns;
5. Coffee shops;
6. Catered events;
7. Clubs;
8. Bowling alleys;
9. All other similar venues in which people congregate for the consumption of food or beverages.

...“public venue” has its ordinary meaning and also includes, but is not limited to, social clubs, private clubs, tennis clubs, golf clubs, faith-based organizations/facilities, and other similar venues.

This Proclamation does not prohibit the sale of prepared food or beverages that are otherwise legally delivered or taken out of the venue for consumption or the purchasing of groceries that are not consumed within the premises, more commonly known as drive-through, take-out, and delivery services.

This Proclamation does not apply to a broad range of businesses and services, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, pet stores, and libraries; however, any sit-down food or beverage services within these facilities are prohibited.

I hereby prohibit the operation of public venues in which people congregate for entertainment, social or recreational purposes, including but not limited to theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, fitness centers, non-tribal card rooms, barbershops and hair/nail salons, tattoo parlors, pool halls, and other similar venues, which prohibition shall remain in effect until midnight on March 31, 2020, unless extended beyond that date.

...for all other retail businesses except pharmacies and grocery stores, I hereby prohibit the operation of all retail stores unless they designate an employee or officer who must establish and implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Washington State Department of Health guidelines

Read the proclamation in its entirety:
Governor's Emergency Proclamation 03/16/2020

03/15/2020
Governor Jay Inslee to issue emergency proclamation tomorrow to: 
  • Temporarily shut down restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities
  • Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted
  • The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies. Other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy
  • All gatherings with over 50 participants are prohibited
  • All gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing are met

No school on Monday, March 16. Pullman Pubic Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 with plans to return to school on Monday, April 27. 
Pullman Public Schools COVID-19 Information & Updates Webpage

No school on Monday, March 16. Pullman Pubic Schools will be closed starting Monday, March 16 with plans to return to school on Monday, April 27. 
Pullman Public Schools COVID-19 Information & Updates Webpage

State waives costs for COVID-19 testing

03/13/2020
Governor Jay Inslee  announced the expansion of the school closure order to all K-12 schools, both public and private, statewide. Inslee said schools must close by the end of Monday and will remain closed through at least April 24. The earliest possible date students could return to class would be April 27.

Inslee also expanded the ban on gatherings and events of more than 250 people to the entire state in an effort to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

WSU commits to distance learning throughout spring semester & cancels Mom's Weekend.

Whitman County Department of Public Health reports that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County.

Public Health News Release

03/12/2020
Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson has declared a State of Emergency, effective today.  

News Release

03/11/2020
Washington State University has announced that in-person classes will move to an online format following the upcoming spring break. 

WSU News About Classes Move to Online Format
City Comments on WSU and COVID-19

Other Resources:
COVID-19 Information