Cornish Commons COVID-19 Response

 

Updated May 18, 2020 10:00am

City University of Seattle and Cornish Commons are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the Seattle area. This is an ever-evolving situation and things change rapidly. Please know that we are doing our best to keep you informed of changes as they occur and we will work with you to best accommodate your needs. The health and safety of our community is, as always, our first priority.

 

We are taking our guidance from the US Center for Disease Control, Washington State Department of Health, and King County Department of Public Health.

 

On March 23, 2020, the State of Washington issued an order for residents to stay home. This means that students should remain in their rooms except for essential purposes. Grocery shopping, getting food from the student cafe or a take-out restaurant, going to the doctor or pharmacy, and going outside for exercise are all considered essential purposes.

 

When in public, keep 6 feet (1.8 meters) between yourself and other people. Wash your hands frequently (using soap and scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds before rinsing), especially upon returning home, prior to eating, and after using the bathroom. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow to keep germs from spreading.

 

Students should practice social distancing by not spending time in community lounges or visiting the rooms of other students. To discourage use of community lounges, the furniture has been removed from floor social lounges for the duration of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Beginning at 8pm on April 10th, the 20th floor community spaces are closed except for laundry. If the closure of the 20th floor shared kitchen severely impacts your ability to eat, please email housing@cityu.edu to discuss your specific needs.

 

Additionally, guest and visitor sign-in will not be allowed until the state of Washington “stay home” order has been lifted.

 

Effective May 18, 2020, King County has issued a directive that all residents should wear a face mask or covering in both indoor and outdoor settings when 6 feet (1.8 meters) of distance betweeen people cannont be maintained. At this time, Cornish Commons residents are expected to wear a face covering when they are outside of their assigned residential room and when entering Nellie’s Cafe. Please direct questions about exceptions and instructions to housing@cityu.edu.

 

Are there currently any cases of COVID-19 in the residence hall?

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the residence hall.

What should I do if I am feeling ill?

What is the difference between social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine?

What will happen if I need to self-isolate or quarantine?

Where can I buy food? Is the student café open?

Is Cornish Commons closing? I see a lot of Cornish students leaving.

Can I still use the 20th floor?

Can I spend time in the social lounge on my residential floor?

What do I do if I am uncomfortable having a roommate during this time?

Can I travel during the COVID-19 outbreak?

I don’t have any symptoms. Do I really need to worry about this?