The following message was sent on March 15, 2020, to faculty and staff regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

To the University Community,

As you may have already seen, the Montana University System’s Commissioner of Higher Education, Clayton Christian, announced yesterday evening that he has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. The announcement included that his suspected exposure most likely took place during the Board of Regents meeting that was held on our campus March 4-6.

As you know, many of us from across the campus and community were involved with all aspects of hosting and participating in the meeting. We wanted to let you know that we are working closely with the Governor’s Office, the MUS and local and state health officials who will provide us the proper guidance in reaching out to those individuals based on their recommendations.

We will be sending out more information soon, so please check your university email frequently and visit our Health Advisories and Updates webpage for the latest updates: https://www.umwestern.edu/section/health-advisories/

We recommended you to self-monitor and contact your healthcare provider with any questions as there now are a number of COVID-19 cases in Montana. Thank you for your flexibility, understanding, and patience as we work together to manage the challenges of COVID-19. Remember the best defense against any virus is good hand-washing and respiratory hygiene. Please help us keep our campus safe: Cover your Cough, Stay Home if you’re sick and Wash Your Hands. As the CDC notes, everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Beth Weatherby