WSU houses COVID-19 positive students at McEachern Hall – The Daily Evergreen

The rooms have bathroom, refrigerator, microwave; food delivered from the Southside Café


Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 are sequestered in McEachern Hall for quarantine.

McEachern Hall continues to house students who have contracted COVID-19. If a student contracts COVID-19, processes are in place to keep the WSU community safe.

First, there are a variety of ways a person can get a COVID-19 test. This includes the Cougar Health Services testing site, a store’s rapid home tests and other community sites, said Jill Creighton, associate vice president of student affairs, dean of students and assistant Title IX coordinator.

If someone who lives on campus tests positive for COVID-19, they should call WSU Environmental Health and Safety, which will help settle students in the escrow location, Creighton said.

Sophomore Psychology student Kaylee Dressler tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021 while living in dorms on campus.

“I got quite sick, so I called Cougar Health, and Cougar Health told me I had to come in for a COVID-19 test. I went for a COVID-19 test, and he tested positive,” Dressler said.

CHS sent Dressler their positive test notification and included a number to call to take next steps, she said.

She went back to her dorm to call the number, but no one answered. It was difficult to contact them, so she left a message, she said. During all of this, she continued to stay in her dorm.

After a day or two, Environmental Health and Safety called her back and provided her with information about moving to the quarantine room, Dressler said.

McEachern is the escrow room because everyone can have their own bedroom, there’s direct outdoor access from bedrooms, and students can have up to one bathroom mate, Creighton said.

Environmental Health and Safety will provide more information on what students should bring to McEachern. This should include all the basic items a student needs to live there for a few days, she said.

Students don’t need a vehicle to get to the escrow, Creighton said. If a student has a private vehicle, they can use it. Otherwise, students will be transported to McEachern Hall safely.

When Dressler arrived in the quarantine room, a key was under a doormat for her.

Each room has a bathroom that could potentially be shared with another person, a microwave and a refrigerator, Creighton said.

“I called it jail,” Dressler said. “It was like you were trapped in your own little box, and it was brick.”

While students are in the escrow room, they can have meals delivered, Creighton said. There is a section specifically for those who live in McEachern on the GET Mobile app. Dietary restrictions and food allergies can be accommodated. Students can use outside delivery services if they wish.

All of the food provided comes from the Southside Café, Dressler said. Food comes on a special schedule. Breakfast had to be ordered the day before and the staff dropped the food around 7:30 at the outside door. Because the food was on the outside, the raccoons got into his food.

Environmental Health and Safety never told Dressler when she could leave the quarantine room. She felt like they would call her when she could leave McEachern, but they never did.

She called the number for environment, health and safety, but no one answered. At that time, Dressler left a message saying she had tested negative and was packing up to go back to her dorm.

Nobody monitors the health at the receiver. Students should monitor their health in conjunction with what their doctor tells them, Creighton said. This is a housing option, not a hospital.

“It’s not the Four Seasons, and I think it’s important for people to remember that, but it’s a safe, warm place with internet access, where people can recover,” he said. she declared.

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