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 conducted voluntary, free asymptomatic testing for all students during the first two weeks of classes. That testing concluded Jan. 22.
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.
The University of Montana is hosting in-person and remote instruction for spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 website for more information.
In December 2020, after the successful completion of fall semester, UM revisited and revised parts of the Healthy Fall 2020 plan. View the updated Campus COVID Operations Plan 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.
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.
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
For the next two weeks, students can participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing for COVID-19.
As we prepare to welcome students to campus, we write to provide a few updates specific to our COVID-19 planning for the spring semester.
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.
Federal, Local and State
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- US State Department
- Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
- Montana COVID-19 website
- Missoula City-County Health Department
- Missoula County COVID-19 website
- Montana COVID Map