UM COVID Communication: August 27, 2021

Video Encourages Students to Use Masks, Get Vaccinated

In a new video message to campus, Dr. Jeff Adams, director of UM’s Curry Health Center, discusses the new landscape we find ourselves faced with the emergence of the Delta variant of COVID-19. The brief video encourages students to take the Delta variant seriously and to protect themselves by seeking a vaccine and wearing masks. Now that we’ve come together, we want to stay together.

COVID-19: Mitigation Strategies and Employee Responsibilities

On Thursday, UM hosted an informational Zoom session and Q&A about COVID-19. The event, organized by the Office of Organizational Learning and Development, included a discussion with D’Shane Barnett, health director and health officer with the Missoula City-County Health Department; Cindy Farr, incident commander and MCCHD COVID-19 response and health promotion division director; Adams from Curry Health Center; and Paula Short, UM associate vice president for Campus Operations, Preparedness and Response. You’re invited to listen to a recording of the session.

FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

This week the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) for individuals 16 and over. The vaccine continues to be available under emergency-use authorization for individuals 12 to 15 years of age and for a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. UM students and employees can receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Services Pharmacy inside Curry Health Center. Walk-ins are welcome!

I’m Vaccinated and a Close Contact to a Positive Case. Now What? 

Here’s the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance regarding quarantine and isolation for fully vaccinated people:

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Self-isolate and seek a COVID test to confirm a possible infection.

If you do test positive for COVID-19 as a fully or partially vaccinated individual:

  • You will be required to isolate at home for a period of time determined by a public health official (typically 10 to 14 days, depending on circumstances). During this time you will be asked to check in with health officials, who can help monitor your condition and assist if you need medical care.
  • You’ll be interviewed about potential close contacts for contact tracing.

If you are a close contact of a positive case as a fully vaccinated individual:

  • You do not have to quarantine unless you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Get tested three to five days after exposure.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result.

Remember, only officials with the county health department can issue quarantine or isolation orders.

Missoula County, State COVID-19 Cases Continue Upward Trend

According to state case data, Montana reported 706 new cases yesterday, bringing the total number of active cases in the state to 4,628. Missoula County reported 59 new cases, with 589 active cases. (Note, MCCHD is in the process of updating the UM COVID-19 data dashboard.)

Be well and enjoy the weekend,

COVID Response Team

 

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