Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19, or coronavirus, is a disease that was identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world. People are encouraged to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19. 

UM's Curry Health Center provides free COVID-19 testing for students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Students must call 406-243-2122 to make an appointment before coming in. 

UM and the Missoula City-County Health Department are closely tracking COVID-19 case trends at UM and in Missoula. The MCCHD is releasing information about UM-affiliated cases each day.

Find health department information on UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases on this page under the "Data" tab.

Find information on COVID-19 cases across Montana here

The University of Montana is hosting in-person instruction for fall 2020 classes. We are proceeding in a measured and data-informed manner that considers, first and foremost, the safety of all members of our UM community. See the Fall 2020 website for more information.

In July, UM released its plan for a healthy return to in-person instruction and campus activities for fall semester. View “UM Healthy Fall 2020” here.

Missoula County also is issuing guidance, and UM is considering all of this, along with the University’s specific operations and needs, as we move forward. Visit the Safer Missoula website for information about our community response. Find the State of Montana's COVID-19 website here

Find information about all necessary health and safety precautions for COVID-19 on UM's Coronavirus FAQ page, or on the Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 website.

Questions? Call the UM Coronavirus Hotline at 406-243-INFO(4636) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday to speak with a UM employees about your questions.

What is UM doing about the coronavirus outbreak?

UM's Incident Command Team is managing our campus response to COVID-19. This team, made up of representatives of more than 30 campus units, is monitoring the situation in real time while following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Missoula City-County Health Department, the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education,and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. This team will post important updates on this webpage.


UM is staffing an information hotline to answer questions from students, families, faculty, staff and the public. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. You can reach the hotline by calling 406-243-INFO (4636).


UMOnline is providing resources to assist faculty and students in continuing instruction remotely. Visit the following webpages for instruction, tools and support geared toward students, faculty and employees.

Students: Keep on Learning

Faculty: Keep on Teaching

Employees: Keep on Working

UM is committed to keeping students connected with one another and to campus. The Keeping UM Connected website and the Keeping UM Connected tile on the UM App provide a comprehensive list of virtual and online activities where students can connect with friends, pass the time, stay healthy and prepare for the future.

Researchers can find information specific to their work on UM's Office of Research COVID-19 webpage.

UM Communications About Coronavirus

Oct. 16, 2020: UM COVID-19 Testing Update

As you know, testing for COVID-19 continues to be an essential part of our strategy for reduced transmission on campus and in the community.

Oct. 9, 2020: COVID-19 Update

As you are all aware, positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Montana.

Oct. 7, 2020: Spring 2021 Calendar and Commencement

Recently, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education announced that spring break 2021 would be converted into an instructional week.

Oct. 2, 2020: UM COVID-19 Update

According to the Missoula City-County Health Department, UM-affiliated COVID-19 cases again increased this week.

Sept. 25, 2020: Clarification Regarding New COVID Cases

We write to provide important clarification regarding our message earlier today about COVID-19 cases and observations about trends and mask-wearing.

Sept. 25, 2020: Update From Your UM COVID Response Team

The number of COVID-19 cases across the state continues to rise, with state officials reporting 333 new cases yesterday.

More UM Communications About Coronavirus

Montana University System COVID-19

The Montana University System is providing COVID-19 information on its website

Prevention and Treatment

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including proper handwashing and hygiene. If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, call your health care provider before visiting in person.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

Visit UM's Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus webpage for answers to commonly asked questions. Please be aware that information is changing rapidly. We strive to provide the most up-to-date information on the FAQ page. Please call the UM COVID-19 hotline at 406-243-4636 if you have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs. 

News Releases

UM Students Stepping Up to Help with Campus COVID-19 Preparations July 31, 2020
As the University of Montana readies for a safe return to campus this fall, students are volunteering for a new program, Griz Health, which will give them an opportunity to be part of the campus response to COVID-19.

UM Releases Healthy Return Plan for Fall Semester July 10, 2020
UM released its plan Friday, July 10, for a healthy return to in-person instruction and campus activities for fall semester.

UM Updates Schedule for Fall Semester May 21, 2020
UM officials have announced an earlier start and end to the fall semester 2020 as a mitigation measure in response to novel coronavirus.

UM Plants Trees at Ranch to Commemorate 2020 Graduates May 09, 2020
UM administrators came up with a unique Montana way to celebrate the Class of 2020. They would plant trees.

Faculty Association Launches Emergency Fund for UM Students Apr 29, 2020
The University Faculty Association at UM has launched a new fund to aid students struggling with emergency expenses.

UM Researchers Work on COVID-19 Vaccine Apr 23, 2020
Researchers in UM's Center for Translational Medicine have been awarded $2.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to identify and advance a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

UM Launches Initiative to Aid Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Apr 09, 2020
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 now have a single point of entry to assistance and expertise, thanks to UM’s new Business Emergency Assistance and Recovery (B.E.A.R.) Powered by UM initiative.

COVID-19 Concerns Cancel In-Person UM Commencement Apr 03, 2020
As the worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues, the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has canceled all in-person spring commencement ceremonies in the Montana University System. Following this directive, UM will not host its traditional in-person graduation ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

UM Regents Professor Produces Hand Sanitizer for First Responders Apr 03, 2020
Under normal circumstances, University of Montana Regents Professor Richard Bridges spends his days researching potentially life-saving projects in neuroscience, in specific how and why brain cells die in diseases like Alzheimer’s and ALS.

Missoula College Health Students, Programs Join Fight Against COVID-19 Apr 01, 2020
Some health-program students at UM's Missoula College are joining the battle against the coronavirus pandemic even before they graduate.

UM Receives Over $10M for Research Center on Population Health Mar 31, 2020
As emergent pathogens like coronavirus and climate-related health challenges like wildfire smoke plague human populations, UM has received funding for a center dedicated to understanding and addressing public health challenges to Montana and the region.

UM Physician-Scientist Alum Behind the Scenes of Coronavirus Research Mar 13, 2020
Francisco Leyva, a 2007 toxicology Ph.D. graduate of UM, is on the forefront of researching possible therapeutics for the novel coronavirus.

UM Moves to Remote Learning March 23 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Mar 12, 2020
At the direction of the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, UM will switch to remote learning methods March 23.

UM Cancels Study Abroad Programs Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Mar 12, 2020
Effective March 12, the University of Montana is canceling all spring 2020 and academic year 2019-20 education abroad programs worldwide.

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