Curry Health Center is an integral part of the University of Montana’s response to the novel coronavirus. Our clinical team members are equipped to screen for and respond to potential COVID-19 cases. We have implemented protocols for screening patients with respiratory illness and stepped up the infection prevention program in the building. We work in close alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Missoula County Public Health to stay abreast of the latest news, best practices, and guidelines.
What are coronaviruses and why are they in the news?
Coronaviruses are a large family of 50+ distinct viruses which are found worldwide and infect both mammals and birds. There is no vaccine nor any known antiviral treatment for COVID-19, so treatment is primarily supportive care. Mild cases may be treated at home, but severe illness requires hospitalization.
The symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
The University of Montana has set up a website for more information about the new coronavius (COVID-19) where you can learn more information about the virus and its impact on campus.
What is Curry Health Center doing about this coronavirus outbreak?
- Curry Health Center encourages students to follow usual precautions for respiratory infections:
- Cover your mouth when coughing, ideally into your elbow and not into your hands.
- Frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or sanitizing gels.
- Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick, but come to our clinic if you feel it is becoming serious.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- We are still in the midst of influenza season, so please get your flu shot.
- Please call Curry Health Center (406-243-2122) if you have: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test, or if you just have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and your wellness.
- We remain in close contact with Missoula City County Health Department public health officials and check the CDC and WHO websites daily for updates.
- Our Travel Health providers are in close contact with the UM Global Engagement Office to provide advice and assistance to UM students, faculty, and staff who have traveled or will be traveling in the future.
How can I find out more about the current coronavirus outbreak?
For updates on what is known about the virus, illness, and public health issues, please follow these links to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Travel advice is being updated nearly daily, so check these sites frequently if you are planning travel and check with Curry Health Center's International Travel Clinic.