COVID-19 Update Aug. 9

Published: 
Monday, August 9, 2021

Today we learned that two SPSCC students tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting the Olympia Campus last week. There is no known connection between these two cases and neither student was symptomatic while on campus. Based on what we know about both situations, we believe there is low risk that others on campus were exposed.

This is our understanding of the timeline associated with student 1:

  • Monday, Aug. 2 – The student spent time in building 22 on the Olympia Campus. They followed all health and safety protocols and were not symptomatic while on campus. They began experiencing symptoms several days later.
  • Thursday, Aug. 5 – The student began experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. They were tested for COVID-19 and received a positive result.
  • Staff and students who had contact with this student have already been notified and given additional information.

This is our understanding of the timeline associated with student 2:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 4 – The student spent time in building 27 on the Olympia Campus. They followed all health and safety protocols and were not symptomatic while on campus. They began experiencing symptoms three days later.
  • Saturday, Aug. 7 – The student began experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. They were tested for COVID-19 and received a positive result.

In both cases, public health officials may work with the students to do additional contact tracing and will contact anyone who meets the CDC definition of having “close contact”.  If you have concerns or questions about your health we encourage you to contact your health care provider.

As we face a growing wave of COVID-19 cases, we know that many of you are feeling frustrated, worn down, and anxious. Please remember that help is available; Counseling Services are available for students this summer and employees have free access to the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Also, we continue to strongly encourage everyone in our community to get vaccinated—it is the best way that we can protect one another and stop the spread of COVID-19.