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Advisories, Messages and Updates


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Below is a running list of communications sent from Montana Western regarding COVID-19 with the latest update at the top and the oldest at the bottom.

  • COVID-19 Update for Summer
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff, and Students, We wanted to share with you some reminders and helpful information for the summer at Montana Western: As many of you are aware, last … Read more
  • COVID-19 Memo from Commissioner Christian
    Dear UMW Faculty and Staff, Please see memo (COVID-19 Update 5.14.2021)  from the Commissioner Christian notifying the Montana University System about “sunsetting” the Healthy MUS Planning Guidelines effective immediately. UMW … Read more
  • Application for Additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds
    Montana Western Students, The application to apply for additional Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) is now open for students enrolled in the Summer 2021 semester. If you have experienced extraordinary … Read more
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program
    Montana Western Students, Starting this week, the State of Montana will be offering incentives to students who have gotten their COVID-19 vaccination.   Below is the information regarding the timeline … Read more
  • COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Options During the Summer
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, We wanted to let you know about the options for both COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 testing during the summer: COVID-19 Vaccinations in Dillon:  Vaccines … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 29, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, April 30th, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will be hosting their last community vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 26, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, On Friday, April 30th, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will be hosting their last community vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 22, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty, and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, April 23rd, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will be hosting a vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 19, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, On Friday, April 23rd, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will continue hosting their vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 15, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, April 16th, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will be hosting a vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at … Read more
  • Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Many of you may have seen the news this morning that the CDC and FDA issued a recommendation to states to suspend use of … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 13, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, On Friday, April 16th, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will continue hosting their vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 … Read more
  • Safeway Vaccinations – April 12, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, Safeway Pharmacy will be hosting a clinic for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The clinic is open to everyone 18 … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 8, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, April 9th, 2021, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will host a vaccination clinic at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 Montana … Read more
  • Vaccine Scheduling – April 8, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff, and Students, We invite you to stop by The Cup from 11:00 am – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8th to make a vaccine appointment for Friday’s … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 5, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, We will not have on-campus COVID-19 Rapid Testing for students on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays continuing this week. Students, you can still get tested … Read more
  • Vaccinations Available at this Week’s Clinic at the Armory
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, This Friday, April 9th, 2021, Beaverhead County Public Health (BCPH) will begin hosting their vaccination clinics at the National Guard Armory located at 1070 … Read more
  • Campus Message – April 1, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff, and Students, Tomorrow, Friday, April 2nd, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will host the next Community COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 30, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, The Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will host the next Community COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Friday, April 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 … Read more
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Availability – March 25, 2021
    Dear Campus Community, Beaverhead County Public Health just announced on their Facebook page that they have appointment openings for tomorrow's clinic, and they would like to fill that up. They … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 24, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, The Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will host the next Community Phase 1B and 1B+ COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Friday, March 26th, from … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 18, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff, and Students, As a reminder, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department WILL NOT be hosting a vaccination clinic on campus tomorrow, Friday, March 19th. The vaccination clinics … Read more
  • Governor Announces all Montanans 16+ will be eligible for Vaccination starting April 1st
    Montana Western Students, Faculty, and Staff, As you may be aware, Governor Gianforte announced today that all Montanans 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 1st, … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 16, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, The Beaverhead County Public Health Department WILL NOT be hosting a vaccination clinic this week on campus. The vaccination clinics will continue next Friday, March … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 11, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, March 12th, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will continue to host the weekly community COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Phase 1B and 1B+ recipients, from 11:00 a.m. … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 9, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, The Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will host the next Community Phase 1B and 1B+ COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Friday, March 12th, from … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 4, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff, and Students, Beginning on March 8, 2021, Montana will expand Phase 1B vaccine eligibility, referring to this as Phase 1B+. This expansion will lower the qualifying age and … Read more
  • Governor Gianforte Expands Vaccine Distribution to Most Vulnerable Montanans With Phase 1B+
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2021 Contact: Brooke Stroyke, Office of the Governor Governor Gianforte Expands Vaccine Distribution to Most Vulnerable Montanans With Phase 1B+  HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte … Read more
  • Campus Message – March 2, 2021
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, The Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will host the next Community Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, March 5th, from 11:00 a.m. … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 25, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, February 26, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will continue to host the weekly community COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Phase 1B recipients, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 22, 2021
    To the University Community, Beginning this week on Friday, February 26, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will continue to host weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Phase 1B recipients. Phase 1B recipients include: Persons … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 19, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Beginning on Friday, February 26, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department (BCPHD) will be hosting Community COVID-19 vaccination clinics every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 16, 2021
    To the University Community, We would like to remind everyone that face coverings continue to be required on our campus, unless an individual has a medical exemption from their healthcare professional. Please … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 11, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, February 12, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will be hosting a third COVID-19 vaccination clinic event for Phase 1B recipients. On-Campus REMINDERS:  The south half of … Read more
  • Campus Message from Chancellor Weatherby – February 11, 2021
    To the University Community, I would like to thank each of you for your efforts in continuing to help us to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 9, 2021
    To the University Community, Thank you all for continuing to do your part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate each and every one of you for following the guidelines … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 4, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, February 5th, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will be hosting a second COVID-19 vaccination clinic event for Phase 1B recipients. On-Campus REMINDERS:  The south half of … Read more
  • Campus Message – February 2, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff,   Thank you for doing your part in keeping our campus safe by continuing to commit to the Bulldog Way. By wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 28, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Tomorrow, Friday, January 29th, the Beaverhead County Public Health Department will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic event for Phase 1B recipients. As a reminder, the south half … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 26, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Please find below some helpful information and reminders: BARC Parking Lot Closed on Friday   On Friday, January 29, Friday, February 5, and Friday, February … Read more
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Information from Beaverhead County Public Health
    Montana Western Faculty, Staff and Students, Please find below information on the Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccinations that Beaverhead County Public Health will be conducting starting on January 29th. Phase 1B … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 22, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Staff, and Faculty, The University has purchased COVID-19 mitigation kits for students, staff, and faculty for the spring semester. Our “Healthy Bulldog Kits” include:   a disposable forehead … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 19, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Faculty and Staff, Thank you for continuing to wear masks over both your mouth and nose, practicing social distancing, washing and sanitizing your hands, and using surface disinfectants … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 14, 2021
    To the University Community, As a friendly reminder, please continue wearing your face coverings/masks on campus. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and masks are a barrier that help to prevent these … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 11, 2021
    Montana Western Students, Welcome back! As we begin the Spring Semester, we would like to remind you all of a few precautions to take to help keep everyone healthy: Wear … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 7, 2021
    To the University Community, For your information, and because some of you have asked about Montana’s COVID-19 vaccine plans, we are providing the recent press release below from the Governor’s … Read more
  • Campus Message from Chancellor Weatherby – January 7, 2021
    To the University Community, Yesterday, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education issued guidance (please see the attached memo) to the campuses of the Montana University System to begin … Read more
  • Campus Message – January 5, 2021
    Montana Western Students, We hope you all enjoyed your winter break and we are excited to welcome you back to campus. The spring semester begins on Monday, January 11th, 2021. We … Read more

More communications further down.


COVID-19 Information & Resources


As world health officials response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Montana University System is committed to keeping our students, faculty and staff safe and well-informed. As the situation evolves, we want to provide you with the most reliable and up-to-date sources of information for novel coronavirus health and travel updates:

Please follow prevention measures to keep yourself and your campus healthy:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze, ideally into your elbow and not into your hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use sanitizing gels.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you’re sick (seek medical attention if you feel it is becoming serious).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Get your flu shot. It’s not too late!