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Latest Updates

Two Columbia Basin College students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both students were last on our Pasco campus on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, while they were attending an approved class. Because we now have three students that have tested positive – all from the same class – we are resuming remote instruction for that class until Monday, June 29. We have also secured the classroom and will hold no other activities in that location until June 29.

The Benton-Franklin Health District will engage in official contact tracing with the student and notify any individuals necessary. We also engaged in the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the areas impacted.

While this is concerning, it is reassuring to know that our screening stations and health and safety protocols are operating as they should. These types of situations continue to serve as a reminder why it is so important for each of us to continue to take the following steps regardless of where we work or study on the CBC campus:

  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing any symptoms. This is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Do not return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wear the required face cloth covering at all times when on campus;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777. These steps will help us protect our campus community and slow the transmission of the virus, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.

A Columbia Basin College student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was last on our Pasco campus on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, while they were attending an approved class in the CTE Building. They have been home in self-isolation since then. They indicated they have been adhering to the health and safety protocols for campus and did not come in close contact with anyone and had their cloth face covering on at all times. Although no one was identified by the student as a close contact, we have notified our employees and students who were working or studying in the CTE Building.

We have also been in contact with the Benton-Franklin Health District. They will engage in official contact tracing with the student and notify any individuals necessary. We are also engaging in the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the areas impacted.

These types of situations continue to serve as a reminder why it is so important for each of us to continue to take the following steps regardless of where we work or study on the CBC campus:

  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing any symptoms. This is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Do not return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wear the required face cloth covering at all times when on campus;
    Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777. These steps will help us protect our campus community and slow the transmission of the virus, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.

The Governor extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through Sunday, May 31, with a phased approach to gradually re-open businesses. We were notified that the Governor approved us to resume some essential workforce development programs, which are very limited, but will allow many of our students to return to campus to continue their programs.

What this means for CBC is that beginning on Monday, May 11, those programs identified below will resume some lab instruction on campus on the date indicated.

  • Monday, May 11 - Machining Technology, Engineering Technology, Medical Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, and Paramedic
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Phlebotomy and Emergency Medical Technician
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Automotive
  • Monday, May 18 - Welding

Not all courses within the programs identified were able to be offered under the restrictions imposed for Phase 1, therefore, it is only some lab courses that are resuming on campus.

Our campus will remain closed to the public and we will continue to serve students and the community remotely in order to continue to comply with the Governor’s orders as well as protect the health and safety of our community.

Safety is our highest priority

CBC is complying with the safety requirements identified by the Governor for Phase 1. Beginning Monday, May 11, all employees and students who are returning to any of our campus locations will have to follow the approved health and safety protocols below.

  • Health and symptom screening of all employees and students each day;
    • If a student’s class is located on the Richland Campus, temperature checks and health screenings will take place at the front entrances of the Health Science Building and Wortman Medical Science Building.
    • If a student’s class is located on the Pasco Campus, temperature checks and health screenings will take place at the CTE Building.
  • A comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan physically posted at each location and available for inspection by state and local authorities;
  • Designated site-specific COVID-19 Supervisors monitoring enforcement of the new protocols;
  • Safety training for all employees and students;
  • Social distancing of at least six feet by every person at all times;
  • Personal protective equipment appropriate, or required, for the activity being performed;
    • Please note that all CBC students and employees are now required to have facial coverings at all times in CBC buildings and locations. For those who do not have one, a limited number of facial covers will be available for you.
  • Increased sanitation and cleanliness; and
  • Daily attendance and employee logs created and retained for at least four weeks.

Please note that these new protocols are not suggestions or recommendations. They are new rules that all of us will be required to follow. I know it may be awkward at times and difficult, at first, to adjust to a “new normal.” However, these protocols are necessary to protect all of us and make sure we stay safe and healthy.

Following today’s extension of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, Columbia Basin College campuses will continue operating remotely through May 31, 2020.

While we are working remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will continue by phone, email or video conference. Visit our available services webpage for more information. Contact Hawk Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

A Columbia Basin College employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee was last on the CBC Pasco campus on Friday, April 24, while they were providing essential services. They have been home in self-quarantine since then. Their on-campus contacts were limited as classes were moved online on March 17 with the majority of employees, services and functions operating remotely since that time.

Benton-Franklin Health District engages in contact tracing and has notified any individuals that came in close contact with this employee. Close contact is defined as within six feet for 10 minutes or more.

We realize this news is concerning and want to assure you we are putting the health and safety of our employees and students first in our decisions. We continue to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the recommendations of the CDC and our local health officials.

If You Are Not Feeling Well

Consistent with our previous communications regarding COVID-19, it is important for each of us to take the following steps when we are not feeling well:

  • Stay home when you are sick – this is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Remain home for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777. These steps will help us protect our campus community and slow the transmission of the virus, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.

As a College, we continue to follow Governor Inslee’s directives and prepare for changes to those directives as swiftly as possible. The updates below reflect our most recent planning efforts – keeping in mind that changes are occurring rapidly.

We are not certain at this time if the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive will be lifted on May 4, but what we do know is that life will not be returning to normal any time soon. When we are cleared to return to campus, our return will be slow and measured. We will follow strict social distancing practices as well as implement new protocols for the health and safety of our campus community. Until there is a COVID-19 vaccine available, experts say that such measures are the only way to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19.

Online Learning Continuing through Summer and Fall Quarters

For the health and safety of our students and employees, we have decided to extend online learning through both the summer and fall quarters. We recognize that for some students, this may be a disappointment, and we understand those frustrations. There are several reasons for this extension:

  • When we are allowed to return to campus, we do not have classrooms large enough to accommodate the current class capacity of students while incorporating the 6-foot social distancing standards;
  • We want to minimize the opportunity for someone being on campus who may be asymptomatic, but unknowingly contagious. If they later get sick, all individuals they have been in close contact with will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If that happens, it could result in shutting down classes or departments causing further disruption to everyone’s class schedules; and
  • We want to provide all of our students, faculty, and staff some stability amidst all the uncertainty right now. One of the ways we are doing that is to make decisions as soon as possible that are in the best interests of our students. This limits the need to react quickly to a new order in the future that might cause further disruption to our students’ educations. Making the decision now allows students the opportunity to plan as needed for the summer and fall quarters.

We are still hopeful that courses with labs and other classes better served by being on campus will be able to return soon, following strict social distancing measures, as noted above. If so, those classes would be able to continue with on-campus instruction in summer with some potential modifications. Once the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is lifted or modified by the Governor, we will announce which classes will be moving back to campus.

We are currently working on updating the schedule to reflect these changes. The schedule is set to release on May 8, with registration for both summer and fall beginning on May 18.

Commencement Ceremony

After careful consideration of the risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and input received from a survey of this year’s graduates, we made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person commencement ceremony and will instead be hosting a virtual celebration. All 2019-20 graduates are invited to participate in our 2021 ceremony, if they wish to do so, and will also receive a celebration package that includes their tassel, diploma cover, a letter from the President and a graduation gift.

Canceling in-person commencement was not an easy decision for us to make. Each year, we excitedly await the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students. Although the announcement may come as a disappointment to some, we feel compelled to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff, their loved ones, and our entire campus community.

The virtual celebration will occur at our regularly scheduled date and time, June 19, at 7 pm. It will also be available for viewing after that date. Look for more details about the event soon on our graduation webpage and social media.

The altered format of our commencement event does not detract in any way from our incredible Class of 2020. Graduating from college in the midst of a pandemic is a truly remarkable accomplishment, and we are so proud of each and every graduate!

Following Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, Columbia Basin College campuses will continue operating remotely through 11:59 pm on May 4.

As previously announced, online instruction will continue for the majority of classes for the entire spring quarter. While we are working remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will continue by phone, email or video conference. Visit our available services webpage for more information. Contact Hawk Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.

Probable COVID-19 Case

A Columbia Basin College employee informed us late last night that they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. They have not been tested and their health care provider has decided to not test them. However, they have been in close contact with two people who were later identified as confirmed cases, and it is considered probable that they have COVID-19.

This employee has not been on campus since March 24 and is now at home in self-quarantine, as are the other employees who were identified to have been in contact with this person. Our thoughts are with our colleagues during this time. We remain in communication with these employees and are committed to supporting them.

The Benton-Franklin Health District engages in contact tracing and notifies individuals in cases such as these. We are also in the process of notifying the other employees who may have come into contact with the areas where this employee was known to have been. If you are not notified, you were not identified as a close contact or someone who came into contact with the areas where the employee had been.

We live with the new reality that COVID-19 is in the Tri-Cities community and should assume that anywhere we travel the potential is present for transmission. With that said, we have proactively taken precautions on campus and have continued to follow the direction of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and recommendations of the CDC and local health officials, including:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Majority of services and functions operating remotely since March 17
  • Campuses closed to the general public on March 23
  • College commenced remote operations on March 25
  • Spring Quarter instruction will be delivered online

CBC students or employees who have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe they have been exposed should self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before coming on campus or in contact with others.

Please sign up for our Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our webpage for new information and updates.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at any CBC campus.

Following Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order, all Columbia Basin College campuses will begin remote operations on March 25 at noon and continue until April 7. While the campuses are operating remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will continue remotely. Visit our Available Services webpage for the most up-to-date information.

The CBC Food Pantry is allowed to remain open for students with limited hours under the Governor’s orders. New hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone who visits the Food Pantry must follow strict social distancing measures.

Contact Hawk Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.

We recognize these changes will have impacts on students who rely on our campus resources, but these precautions will ensure that we are all doing our part to minimize the spread of the virus and keep our campus community, friends and neighbors safe and healthy. We have done everything possible to ensure that you can still access the resources and supports you need remotely.

Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our webpage for new information and updates.

 
If you have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe you have been exposed, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, CBC employees and students in these situations are asked to notify our Emergency Management Department at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before coming in contact with others or before coming on campuses once they reopen. Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow us to evaluate appropriate measures to keep our campuses and community safe.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at any CBC campus.

Following Governor Inslee’s directive on March 13, Columbia Basin College is still operating, but we have moved campus services and classes online to the greatest extent possible to protect the health and well-being of the Columbia Basin College community. Remote operations and online learning will continue for the majority of classes for the entire spring quarter.

Today, to further minimize the spread of the virus, we are officially closing our campuses to the general public.

Campuses will only be open for faculty and staff who provide core services on campus that cannot be done virtually. We will also remain open for students and prospective students to access core services unavailable remotely. While on campus, strict social distancing measures must be followed.

Students can now access support services and appointments online or via phone. We launched a new webpage that will be maintained with the most up-to-date information about available student services.

If you have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe you have been exposed, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, CBC employees and students are asked to notify our Emergency Management Department at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before coming on campus or in contact with others. Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow us to evaluate appropriate measures to keep our campuses and community safe.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work through these uncertain times together.

Please sign up for our Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our this webpage for new information and updates.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on CBC campuses. The College moved to Alert Level: Heightened (Orange) because of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area as reported by the Benton-Franklin Health Department . CBC had already deployed measures and responses under the Heightened Alert Level prior to the designation change. Safety measures are ongoing.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to please notify CBC's Emergency Management as soon as possible, and before returning to campus, at 509-542-4777 in the following situations:

  • You have been diagnosed, tested or suspected to have COVID-19; or
  • You have been directed, recommended or asked to self-quarantine.

Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow CBC to evaluate appropriate measures to ensure safety to our campus community. Additional information about the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the CDC's website .

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any of CBC’s campuses.

In light of the announcement that Governor Jay Inslee made today, Columbia Basin College will be moving as many classes as possible to an online format effective Tuesday, March 17. CBC classes will be canceled on Monday, March 16. Our campus services will remain open, with the exception of the Fitness Center which will be closed for the remainder of winter quarter.

With the move to an online format, we recognize that some classes will be unable to be conducted online. Student learning experiences, which may not be able to be replicated in an online environment such as labs and clinicals, will continue to be offered in their current format but will utilize social distancing strategies. This will allow us to continue serving students without fostering the potential spread of the virus.

Students should receive a message from each instructor by 4:30 pm on Monday, March 16 regarding the individual plans for the remainder of the quarter.

Your spring quarter classes will now begin on Monday, April 13, instead of Monday, April 6, and end as originally scheduled. The majority of your classes will be converted online and those that cannot be converted online will continue to meet face-to-face utilizing appropriate social distancing measures. Individual instructors will be reaching out with more information on how your classes will be structured for spring quarter.

We are putting together information about successful online learning to help students who aren’t familiar with taking online classes. We are also developing ways to help support students who may not have their own computers or internet access.

If you are ill, please do not come to class or work. Consistent with CDC recommendations, we are asking all employees and students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as coughing or shortness of breath, to stay home and not come to work or school for 72 hours after their fever is gone, and symptoms get better, whichever is longer. Faculty members will work with students to provide suitable arrangements to make up for absences if they are sick or caring for someone who is ill.

Please sign up for our Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our website for new information and updates.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any of CBC’s campuses.

The health, safety and wellbeing of the CBC community continues to be our top priority. CBC continues to maintain normal operations at this time. We are preparing to ensure we are ready to respond as needed. We are basing our decisions on the most recent available information from the Benton-Franklin Health District and the Washington State Department of Health and will follow their advice when making decisions related to campus operations.

At this time, our focus is to minimize disruptions to student learning. We are encouraging everybody to protect themselves by staying home if they are ill, washing their hands and consulting their healthcare providers if they have symptoms or concerns. We are also encouraging everyone to sign up for our Emergency Notification System so they will receive timely notifications if anything changes.
We have no known cases of coronavirus exposure or of anyone having a case of coronavirus at any of our CBC campuses, and there are no suspected cases that are awaiting test results. This includes students, faculty and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

All faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering when on campus beginning May 11, 2020. Face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks, coughs, or sneezes. As such, everyone will be responsible for wearing face coverings combined with social distancing and hand washing to help maintain a safe and healthy learning and work environment.

Though CBC is working mostly under remote operations and is not open to the public, everyone on campus is expected to wear a face covering, including contractors, third-party vendors and other short-term visitors.

What qualifies as a face covering?

Face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Examples of cloth face coverings include bandana, neck gaiter, homemade sewn cloth or mask.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth face coverings can be made of nearly any material you have available. Cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face;
  • be secured with ties or ear loops;
  • include multiple layers of fabric;
  • allow for breathing without restriction; and
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

You may also wear N95 or surgical masks already in your personal possession, though these are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

How to wear a face covering.

Face coverings are required to cover your nose and mouth. The CDC provides proper fit instructions, including the best way to remove a face covering to avoid spread of germs to your face. Remember, face coverings are only helpful when they are worn correctly and used in combination with other recommendations. You are still responsible for following social distancing rules (limiting contact and staying six feet away from other people), wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover your coughs and sneezes.

Can I make my own face covering?

Yes! You are encouraged to make your own face covering when possible. Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost using a variety of patterns. You don’t even need to sew! The CDC has provided tutorials on how to make cloth face coverings.

Looking for a super quick and easy way to make your own face covering? Although the narrative is in Spanish, this quick DIY video shows how to make a mask from a sock and paper napkin (requires scissors, but no other tools).

Will the College provide me with a face covering?

CBC encourages you to wear your own mask.

When/where on campus are employees required to wear face coverings?

Faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering on campus starting May 11, 2020. You must wear a face covering anytime you are working around others. If you are working alone or as the sole occupant of an area, such as your office, you do not need to have your face covered, unless you are coughing and sneezing.

CBC will provide each faculty and staff member with a cloth face covering for those who choose not to wear one of their own. If you choose to use a face covering issued by the College, you can pick one up at the beginning of your next shift, on Friday, May 8 or thereafter, on campus from your immediate supervisor, or at the Receiving Department (when picking up other equipment). The Receiving Department is operating Monday through Friday (8 am to 3 pm). One mask is being issued per employee due to supply limitations.

When/where on campus are students required to wear face coverings?

Students are expected to provide their own face coverings and begin wearing them while on campus as of May 11, 2020. Students who do not have access to or means to buy a mask may ask for one at the health screening station prior to the first class period of the day. Again, there are a number of easy to make masks with little supplies, including one made from a sock with a pair of scissors (no sewing involved).

The College has purchased and is awaiting the arrival of cloth face coverings for purchase at cost from the CBC Bookstore. An announcement will be forthcoming once the face coverings are available for purchase.

How do I care for a cloth face covering?

A cloth face covering should be machine or hand washed frequently to ensure it remains clean. Your face covering should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. Regular machine washing and drying is sufficient

How do I safely remove a face covering?

You should wash your hands carefully before removing your face covering. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands again after removing the face covering.

Are there exceptions to wearing a face covering?

If you have a medical or disability-related reason why it is not appropriate for you to wear a face covering, contact your supervisor or instructor to document your situation and obtain an exemption from the requirement. Alternatives will be evaluated.

Also, if you are required to wear a higher-level of PPE for the performance of the work, such as in welding labs, clinicals or other health care settings, you are responsible for wearing the required PPE, rather than the cloth face covering.

What if someone isn’t wearing a face covering?

Politely inform the individual of the responsibility for wearing a face covering and notify Campus Security of the need to address the matter further where non-compliance continues. If you provide service to students or the general public, you are required to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing face coverings. If you are teaching a lab and a student refuses to wear a face cover, you should immediately send the student home.

What happens if I refuse to wear a face covering

Please know that failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in being asked to leave the campus, being declined service by any of our areas of operation and for students, the effect on non-attendance/absenteeism will be evaluated, along with applicable violations of the Student Conduct Code.

For faculty and staff, failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in being asked to leave campus, considered insubordination and violation of workplace safety rules, and considered for disciplinary action.

CBC has a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund available to help students who are presented with expenses due to the COVID-19 virus – no matter how large or small. These funds are intended to cover costs that might disrupt your education such as childcare, course materials, housing/rent, food/groceries, tuition, utilities, healthcare, technology and do not require repayment.

View more details about the CARES Act and how to apply!

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that causes respiratory illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of coronavirus may include:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
If you have traveled to/from any of the countries with travel alerts or outbreaks, and have symptoms, contact a healthcare provider.

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and CDC .
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:

  • Get a seasonal flu vaccination, if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don't share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.

Please stay home. Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are asking all employees and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, to self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Do not return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer.

Additionally, for employees and students, please notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before coming on campuses once they reopen, if you are diagnosed, tested or suspected to have COVID-19 or if you have been directed, recommended or asked to self-quarantine. Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow us to evaluate appropriate measures to keep our campuses and community safe.

Students are also advised to notify their instructors. Faculty members will work with students to provide suitable arrangements to make up for absences if they are sick or caring for someone who is ill. Employees are advised to notify their supervisor for any absenteeism and to evaluate leave options available to them.

To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the CDC recommends you:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water.

The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

All CBC campuses transitioned to remote operations on Wednesday, March 25, at noon following Governor Inslee’s statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. The order has been extended and the campus will continue operating remotely through August 1.

Online learning that went into effect on March 17 will continue through fall quarter. Some labs will resume on campus.

Before remote operations, CBC’s Custodial Services team was taking proactive measures to support a safe and sanitary campus. CBC also supplied numerous hand sanitization stations in high traffic areas throughout campus. Single-use items such as hand wipes, tissue and surface disinfectant wipes for common campus spaces will be available once campus reopens based on regional product availability. We will continue to follow these practices to prevent the spread of illness, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Health..

For reliable, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Benton-Franklin Health District websites.

All CBC services remain open but have transitioned to remote operations as of Wednesday, March 25, at noon following Governor Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The order has been extended and remote operations will continue through August 1.

While the campuses are operating remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will continue remotely. Visit our Available Services webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Yes. All events, whether hosted by the College or an outside entity, are canceled through August 1.

Students can now access support services and appointments online or via phone. Please check our Available Services webpage frequently for the most up-to-date information about student services.

If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our Emergency Notification System, which sends out calls, emails and text messages. Now is a great time to make sure that your notification settings are correct. We also communicate updated information through our website and social media channels.
CDC is the best source of information about how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself, in addition to the most current national and global assessments. Other resources include:


Counseling Services:
Your mental and emotional health are important to us. Students have access to our on-campus personal counseling service, C.A.R.E. Students can make an appointment free of charge by emailing counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN or calling 509-547-0511.

Employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program, which can be accessed by calling 1-800-777-4114 or visiting the Washington State Employee Assistance Program website and using "columbiabasin" as the username to login.
The Washington State Department of Health website has information in 11 languages .
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Based on recommendations by the CDC, if you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

If you are not experiencing any symptoms, but have been within six feet for more than 10 minutes or have had direct contact with infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on), while not required, you may choose to voluntarily self-isolate until you learn that the person tested negative. If they test positive, you may choose to continue self-isolating for 14 days total. If you exhibit symptoms at any time, contact your healthcare provider.

We are asking that any student, employee, volunteer or contractor who is at all concerned that they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19 to call CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 to talk confidentially about your concerns before coming to campus.

CBC Alert Levels

To provide a broad understanding of the impact to the College, we will be sharing information through four alert levels when making announcements. The levels are as follows:

Alert Level: Prevention and Preparation

There are no known cases in Washington State, but there have been cases elsewhere.

Alert Level: Moderate

Increasing number of cases in Washington State and/or health officials have concerns about the virus spreading.

Alert Level: Heightened

There have been cases detected in the Tri-Cities area.

Alert Level: Direct Impact

There have been one or more cases detected on CBC property.

contact

  • Phone:509-547-0511

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301

Outside of A Building on Pasco campus