UM COVID-19 Update for Oct. 2


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Dear Students,


As we wrap up another school week, I want to provide an update on our community-wide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and throughout Missoula.

According to the Missoula City-County Health Department, UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases again increased this week. For the most up-to-date data, please regularly check the Missoula-City County Health Department COVID-19 dashboard. Yesterday, the health department reported that UM had 75 active cases, which is about 25% of Missoula’s total active case load.

Every UM student plays a critical role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please continue practicing the three Ws: Wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.

Local contact tracers are working tirelessly to track the spread of the virus in our community. That is why it is critically important that you answer your phone.

Here is what you need to know about contact tracing phone calls:

  • The Missoula City-County Health Department will call you if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The call will come from a “406” area code. Please answer your phone, even when you don’t recognize the number.
  • If you do miss this call, the health department will leave you a short voicemail. Make sure your voicemail box is not full, and return the call immediately.

I know that everyone is getting a lot of phone calls right now, but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you answer your phone when you receive a call from a “406” area code. It could be a contact tracer.

We are halfway through this semester, and outside some limited clusters, you have done a good job preventing COVID-19 from spreading. Please continue your diligent work this weekend by keeping your social circles small and practicing healthy behavior.


Sarah Swager
Vice Provost for Student Success
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