Important Meeting Notices:

Office Closure: Due to Covid-19 phased reopening restrictions here in Eastern Washington State, our office is currently closed. During this time limited staff will be responding to messages.


Meeting Cancellations: Faced with ongoing uncertainties over COVID-19 and the potential impact on our attendees, NWAS has been forced to cancel numerous seminars. In the event we must cancel future meetings due to the Coronavirus situation, all registered attendees will be contacted via email and phone and a notice will be posted on our website and our social media pages. NO ATTENDEE ACTION IS REQUIRED. If you are enrolled in a course that has been cancelled, you should receive a phone call and email with additional details (please check your spam).


Contact Us: We appreciate your patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries. To contact us during this time, please email: and we will respond as soon as we can. You can continue to register for future programs via our website, and we sincerely appreciate your future support of our meetings.


Live Webinars: We are now offering live webinars to replace select meetings that have been cancelled. Please check for information. Additional live webinars will be added, so please check back frequently.


Please click here to visit our Policies and Procedures page for more information regarding safety guidelines during our in-person meetings.

Coronavirus Information:

About Coronavirus

coronavirusThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.


Chinese authorities identified the new Coronavirus, which has resulted in more than a thousand confirmed cases in China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including Washington State, Illinois, Arizona, California, Australia, France, and Canada.


While it is unlikely that you will be exposed to this virus during your travels, if you notice any of the below signs and symptoms after returning from travel, please contact your healthcare immediately.

How Coronavirus Spreads

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS and SARS. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by 2019-nCov in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.


At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China. Person-to-person spread in the United States has not yet been detected, but it's likely to occur to some extent. Cases in healthcare settings, like hospitals, may also occur.


When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of SARS and MERS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.


It's important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It's important to know this in order to better understand the risk associated with this virus. While CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  •   • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  •   • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •   • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •   • Stay home when you are sick.
  •   • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  •   • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

For the most current updates on this, visit the CDC's web page: