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WSU Thurston County COVID-19 Information

WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, the WSU Thurston County Extension office will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone and webconference. Please contact program leads on our Contacts page.

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WSU Extension is committed to continuing its Land Grant mission and services, while mitigating risk to WSU personnel, program participants, and th

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus. There are seven known strains. Four are common. Two are more severe, but known (SARS and MERS), and COVID-19 is new. The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe cases may result in pneumonia, requiring hospitalization. Certain groups of people are at high risk for complications. This includes people who are older than age 60, who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems, and pregnant women.  COVID-19 is spreading from person to person all around the world, including Washington State.

Information is evolving and as we learn more, we will keep you updated.

You can find additional information about COVID19 at the following websites:

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


WSU Extension encourages the use of basic personal preventive measures:

  • Cough & Sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Maintain social distancing (enough distance to avoid an uncovered cough) if possible.
  • Avoid touching your face. Wash your hands frequently with soap & water – use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash.