Coronavirus News

1 month 2 weeks ago

Dear Campus Community, WWU Incident Command continues to monitor the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases locally, regionally and nationally. Our top priority is keeping students, staff and faculty at WWU safe in the face of the surge of COVID-19 activity. The start of the winter quarter will require continued diligence, including the testing of any students who will have a regular on-campus presence. This includes students living in campus housing, participating in face-to-face classes or working on campus. Testing will be held at Fraser Hall.

1 month 3 weeks ago

As we approach a holiday season unlike any we have experienced, Western Washington University asks all members of our campus community to follow state guidance aimed at protecting public health.

1 month 4 weeks ago

Across the nation and state, COVID-19 infections are spiking as more people move indoors. Western Washington University is no exception, as we are experiencing a surge in cases. We also note concerning COVID-19 trends in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Over the past week, Western has seen what we view as a sudden and significant increase in positive student tests, both of individuals and in the batches analyzed in our surveillance testing program. We have seen five new positive individual tests, and other positive tests among pooled testing batches.

2 months 1 week ago

In a continued effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among students and families during the holiday break, Western will provide free COVID testing to WWU students in the Bellingham area the week before Thanksgiving. 

2 months 1 week ago

Western Washington University reminds employees that they will continue to work remotely unless they have been identified as critical employees or covered under a University department reopening plan. 

3 months ago

Dear Western Community,   I hope that this very unusual fall quarter is nonetheless going well for you, and that you are healthy and finding safe ways to stay connected.  

3 months 1 week ago

In order to further educate and support its community, Western is now offering all students a COVID prevention and well-being course. This 20-minute online training covers basics of COVID prevention but focuses mainly on how to take care of mental health and wellbeing during a pandemic, and how to navigate college during these new times. This training is an optional resource recommended and available to all current Western students. 

3 months 2 weeks ago

Dear Western Community,  Western’s Student Health Center has developed a dashboard showing results of COVID-19 testing of Western students. The dashboard can be found at This abbreviated dashboard now shows figures for COVID-19 testing for Western students, including the number of positive cases and total cases.