Nov. 10, 2020: What You Need to Know to Return Home Safely
Dear UM Family,
There are two weeks left in the fall semester, and now is the time to begin practicing safer and healthier behavior in advance of any travel for the winter break.
UM students have done a great job this semester staying safe and keeping those around them healthy. But we have a collective responsibility to ensure that every student can travel to celebrate the holidays and enjoy a well-deserved break after a taxing semester.
If you plan to travel home or visit friends and family during the winter break, your work to do so without transmitting COVID-19 to loved ones begins today.
Here is important information you need to know as we wind down the fall semester:
- Limit your interactions outside of going to class, your job and grocery shopping.
- Shrink your social circle for 14 days prior to departing Missoula. We know that COVID-19 can be transmittable for up to two weeks, so use this time to limit any needless risk of contracting the virus. Remember we are almost two weeks from Thanksgiving, so begin practicing additional safety behaviors today.
- Practice the preventive care that we know works. Wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and keep social distancing. These simple steps have worked to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus this semester, and they can keep you COVID-free as you prepare to return home for the winter break.
- Curry Health Center will be open during Winter Session and will continue to test students who show COVID-19 symptoms or are deemed a close contact by the Missoula City-County Health Department.
- UM will continue to quarantine and isolate students who test COVID-19 positive or are deemed a close contact by the health department after the conclusion of the semester. Do your best today to avoid spending Thanksgiving in quarantine or isolation.
- If you are asymptomatic and need a COVID-19 test prior to departing for another state or nation for the break, you can receive a PCR test at Cost Care, located 3301 S. Russell St. You can book appointments online at www.costcare.com or walk in to the clinic. Cost Care can provide testing results within 24 hours and charges a flat rate of $175 per test. Note that payment is due prior to receiving the test, and Cost Care will provide you the necessary paperwork to file your own insurance reimbursement claim. Cost Care is testing for COVID-19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that results for tests conducted on Friday likely won’t be available until Monday. Prior to travel, please be sure that you understand the testing requirements specific to your destination.
I am proud of the diligent work I have seen from UM students to keep our campus safe and healthy this semester. For this last stretch, I ask you to be mindful of your decisions and continue keeping yourself and our community healthy now and into the upcoming holidays. While Missoula County COVID-19 cases remain high, UM-affiliated cases have been consistently low. Let’s work together now to finish healthy and strong.
Dr. Jeff Adams, M.D.
Curry Health Center Director
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