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Northern deals with the COVID-19 pandemic


Last updated 12/28/2020 at 11:38am

Havre Daily News/Jack Lambert

Food service worker Morgan McCrary bags up Amos Taiswa's lunch April 5 inside the cafeteria at Montana State University-Northern. Northern had to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, going with online classes only through the summer and having the cafeteria running on limited hours and shutting down between services to sanitize all surfaces. The in-class learning resumed this fall with adjustments due to the pandemic and services like the cafeteria also changing how it served its customers.

Since COVID-19 started spreading across the United States and hit Montana last March, universities were faced with difficult decisions.

After going online-only through the summer, Montana State University-Northern reopened for a shortened fall semester on campus, working to provide a safe but high-quality education including using technological advances, adding additional time to classes and having finals remotely.

The university system had to quickly adapt to dealing with the pandemic, which has been confirmed in almost 19 million Americans and caused almost 331,000 U.S. deaths.


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