March 18, 2021

UM COVID Communication

 

 



 

Vaccines Widely Available Starting April 1

On Tuesday, Gov. Gianforte announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Montanans 16 and older beginning April 1.

Our campus team is working quickly on planning a series of vaccine clinics during the coming weeks. Our goal is to ensure that anyone seeking a vaccine can receive it here on our campus. Events for UM employees and family members are set for Thursday and Friday, April 1-2. A student clinic is tentatively set for Monday, April 5. Sign-up information will be shared next week. More clinics are planned between now and the end of the semester. As we are beginning to receive doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we hope to offer the choice between Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson at every clinic. This will depend on availability.

Missoula County and UM COVID-19 Cases Relatively Stable

While Missoula County is seeing slight increases in positive cases, the overall case numbers are relatively low, and UM cases remain low. Today, the Missoula City-County Health Board met to discuss the potential for reduced requirements for events and gatherings if certain conditions are met. We are monitoring the outcome of these discussions and will share additional updates when available.

Knowmia Video Capturing/Sharing Program to be Phased Out

After the spring semester, the University will transition away from Knowmia for video capture and sharing due to the vendor, Techsmith, stopping support for the product. We know that Knowmia has been a widely used platform for academics, but please be assured that a different video-sharing platform will be provided. UM will be selecting a new provider for this service and will ensure that your videos will migrate to the newly selected platform that provides similar features to Knowmia. We expect to move quickly to evaluate alternate platforms, so a new tool will be ready for use as soon as possible. Techsmith will honor our three-year contract for the Camtasia video creation and editing tool, so use of that program will continue through the contract period.

Missoula Now Offers Asymptomatic Testing at Flynn Lane Testing Center

Missoula County residents in the following occupations can make an appointment to get tested regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms or have known exposure to COVID-19:

  • Health care workers
  • School personnel (teachers, aides, janitors, childcare staff, etc.)
  • First responders
  • Grocery store employees
  • Food service employees
  • Gym employees
  • Public transit workers (includes school bus drivers)
  • Personal care workers (hair stylists, massage therapists, etc.)
  • Government workers (mail delivery, etc.)
  • Guests and residents of congregate settings

Students also can schedule symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 tests by contacting Curry Health Center at 406-243-2122.

See Missoula County Vaccine Progress

More than 17,000 individuals in Missoula County are fully immunized, according to the county vaccine distribution dashboard.

Missoula County vaccine information, including phases and providers, is on the county website. Also, local pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program are available online.

Be well,

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