UM LAUNCHES A NEW PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE

A Bachelor of Science in Public Health program was approved by the Montana Board of Regents, making the University of Montana the only school in Montana with an undergraduate public health track, according to a UM news release. The degree’s concentrations are generalist public health, community health, population health and global public health. There are about 40 undergraduates enrolled in the program, according to the release. This degree can lead to a career in anything from epidemiology to international health care. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020) projects health care occupation demand to grow by 14% between 2018 and 2028, adding nearly 2 million jobs, more than any other occupation path. (MAZANA BOERBOOM)


COVID NUMBERS IN MONTANA

Missoula County reported 53 active COVID-19 cases on Monday, Aug. 24, up four from the previous week. Total active cases in Montana is at 1,987, which is over 400 more than last week’s total. Over 7,421 Montana cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with about 500 people recovered in the past week. Hospitalization rates continue to rise, with over 134 statewide, 20 more than last week. In Missoula County, nobody has died from the virus in the last week, although there have been seven statewide deaths in that time. There have been three total deaths in Missoula and 104 in Montana. (MB, Griffen Smith) 


BSU ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE YEAR

The Black Student Union at the University of Montana held two days of recruitment, following an announcement on their social media pages with an invitation for all of UM’s Black students to join the union as well as their plans for the upcoming year. They plan to work on several different projects, in addition to the annual Black Solidarity Summit. A few of their plans include developing a campus “Racial Incident Reporting and Mitigation Team,” creating a “Black Student Resource Guide” and establishing a mentoring program for K-12 students of color. They invited interested students to join their Facebook page.  (MB)


COVID TESTING AT CURRY HEALTH IS NOW FREE

COVID-19 testing is now free at Curry Health Center for students experiencing symptoms. The announcement was made in an email sent by Vice Provost of Student Wellness Sarah Swager. Students originally had to pay $25 for a test. According to the announcement, any student who was tested before the change was made will be refunded the $25 to their student account. Curry provides testing with same-day results, usually delivered within an hour of testing. (ALEX MILLER)


 

PROTESTS SHOOTER CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional murder of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. The charges came two days after the Aug. 25 shooting in Wisconsin. In addition to the homicide charges, Rittenhouse was also charged with first-degree intentional homicide and two charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. The shooting occurred on the third night of protests on the  Wisconsin shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, WI police. Blake was shot seven times in the back. He survived but is now paralyzed from the waist down. (AM)


 

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