President's Note About Saturday's Game

March 6, 2020

Dear UM Community:

The University of Montana is actively monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). And while we have no confirmed cases on our campus, in the city of Missoula or in Missoula County, we have been asked how COVID-19 may impact upcoming events including Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Southern Utah. UM is following guidance from the Missoula City-County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Because while we all want to enjoy UM events, we also want to keep the UM family as safe as possible.

At this time, our upcoming men’s basketball game against Southern Utah will take place as planned. However, if you are sick or feeling you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home. Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their health care provider about attending any large gathering.