Coronavirus News

2 weeks 3 days ago

Dear Western Community, Western continues to rapidly respond to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and strongly urges students and other members of our campus community, including faculty, staff and visitors, to continue observing safe practices.

2 weeks 5 days ago

Dear WWU Community, Last month, I shared with you my anticipation of bringing our Western community back together for fall quarter as the introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gave us reason to believe that conditions will improve as we approach fall quarter. 

2 weeks 6 days ago

Dear Western Community,  Over the course of the past week, Western’s Student Health Center and the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) continue to discover numerous COVID positive cases among Western students. Initially contact tracing efforts identified off-campus parties and other large social gatherings as the cause for this increase. However, in the past week WCHD has confirmed nearly 30 positive COVID cases involving students living in Fairhaven and Nash residence areas. 

1 month ago

Dear Students, Make your testing appointment now for Spring Quarter 2021! If you have an on-campus presence this coming quarter, reserve your appointment for free COVID testing. Western’s COVID-19 surveillance testing clinic, Fraser Hall, closes end of day Thursday March 18 and will re-open Monday, March 29 to begin testing for spring. Space is limited! Make your online appointment at No walk-ins accepted. Appointments are first-come, first-served.

1 month ago

We've received some questions from students about the plan for spring quarter based on the message we sent last week, with some concerned that remote classes were being switched to in-person. No spring quarter classes that have been listed as Remote-Synchronous or Remote-Asynchronous will have their modality changed for Spring; they will meet remotely as described. As a reminder, here are the options faculty have for starting spring quarter:

1 month 1 week ago

Dear Western Community, Spring Quarter 2021 at Western starts on Tuesday, March 30, and because of the ongoing pandemic and short interval between winter and spring quarters, WWU is advising faculty that they have the following options for the start of online and face-to-face instruction: For all classes:

2 months ago

In an effort to answer as many of your pertinent questions as we can about the COVID vaccines, Western's Dr. David Hansen, Western's Associate Medical Director, will address common questions or misconceptions here each day. Have a question for Dr. Hansen? Email it to, and don't forget to review Western's existing vaccine FAQ on its coronavirus website, here.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Western Community, As we look ahead to the days getting longer and brighter, I am also eagerly looking forward to bringing our Western community back together.  The introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gives us reason to believe that conditions will begin to improve as we approach fall quarter. 

3 months ago

The Whatcom County health department is currently seeking volunteers to be Case Contact Investigators (CCIs) to help trace potential COVID-19 cases.  CCIs must be able to commit to 20 hours of volunteer time per week for at least six months. Most contact tracing takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on any day of the week. Contact tracing also takes place remotely, so all potential volunteers need is a computer with a reliable internet connection, a private space away from noise and a phone. 

3 months ago

Dear Campus Community, WWU Incident Command (ICS) carefully monitors the COVID-19 pandemic with our top priority of keeping students, staff and faculty as safe as possible. Unfortunately, we continue to see surging numbers of COVID-19 cases locally, regionally and nationally.

3 months 1 week ago

3 months 2 weeks ago

The WWU Voluntary Employee COVID-19 testing program with Northwest Labs will continue through Winter and Spring quarters 2021! Who qualifies? If you are onsite at least once a week, you are eligible for free voluntary COVID-19 testing through Northwest Laboratory.

3 months 2 weeks ago

COVID Testing Reminder: Western is offering free COVID testing to all Western students living on or off campus for Winter Quarter 2021. Make sure you and your friends/housemates are protected. Western’s COVID-19 testing clinic, Fraser Hall, is now open. This expanded program is only available through Jan. 14 and openings are filling up fast! Make your online appointment now at No walk-ins accepted. Appointments are first-come, first-served.