Dear UMW Students,
I want to thank you for the responsible behaviors I continue to see across campus: mask wearing, social distancing and use of hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants. Unlike many institutions that are grappling with high numbers of positive cases and outbreaks across their campuses, we continue to see indications that our mitigation efforts are helping to keep our symptomatic tests and positive cases low. We know that can change quickly, however, so your continued cooperation and effort to reduce risks for yourself and our campus community is appreciated!
In a few short days, it will be Labor Day weekend, and I suspect you will have opportunities to socialize off-campus, while some will venture further out into the Montana backcountry. Regardless of how you choose to spend your long weekend, I want to remind you of a few ways to ensure your safety.
- Stay in groups of 2-3 well-known and trusted friends at all times.
- If going into the backcountry, expect little or no cell service. Designate a “safety contact” who will be in town and knows your exact trip itinerary and when you are expected back in town. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it.
- I highly recommend you not engage in large crowds. The following activities are identified as high risk: attending a large music concert, going to a bar, going to a large sports arena such as a rodeo, and eating at a buffet.
- Wear your mask, physically distance at least 6 feet, stay home if ill, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and areas, and wash your hands frequently.
When you return to class on Tuesday, please protect yourself and others by screening for any COVID symptoms and report to your health care provider immediately should you have any of the following symptoms.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Be well Bulldogs! Here’s to your health and safety,
Nicole Hazelbaker, Dean of Students