Curry Health Center is an integral part of the University of Montana’s response to the novel coronavirus. Our clinical team members are equipped to screen and test for and respond to potential COVID-19 cases. We have implemented protocols for screening patients with respiratory illness and stepped up the infection prevention program in the building. We work in close alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Missoula County Public Health (MCCHD) to stay abreast of the latest news, best practices, and guidelines.
We currently offer FREE COVID-19 testing for symptomatic UM students, and those who have been identified by the Missoula County Health Department as a close contact. Please call 406-243-4330 and press one to schedule testing. Please be aware that due to unusually high call volume we are experiencing longer hold times than normal.
Monitor for symptoms:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
The symptoms include:
· Fever or chills
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· Sore throat
· New loss of taste or smell
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
How can Curry Health Center help students?
· Please call Curry if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
· Please call Curry if you have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Curry Health Center encourages students to follow usual precautions for respiratory infections:
o Wear your face covering!!!
o Practice Social Distancing
o Frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or sanitizing gels.
o Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth, with unwashed hands.
o Cover your mouth when coughing, ideally into your elbow and not into your hands.
o Stay home when you are sick, but come to our clinic if you feel it is becoming serious.
o Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
o Get your flu shot.
· We remain in close contact with Missoula City County Health Department public health officials and check the CDC and WHO websites daily for updates.
· Our Travel Health providers are in close contact with the UM Global Engagement Office to provide advice and assistance to UM students, faculty, and staff who have traveled or will be traveling in the future.
Unfortunately, due to limited testing capacity and guidelines from the state health department, Curry Health Center is not able to offer surveillance testing for students without symptoms of COVID-19. This includes pre-travel screening. If you are scheduled to travel and need pre-travel testing, contact CostCare Missoula to discuss options: (406)728-5841.
Where can I find more information on the current coronavirus outbreak?
The University of Montana has set up a website for more information about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) where you can learn more information about the virus and its impact on campus. You can also find a Quarantine and Isolation Checklist by clicking here. The Missoula County Health Department (https://www.missoulainfo.com/) updates its COVID data daily, including specific information on the University of Montana’s active cases.
For updates on what is known about the virus, illness, and public health issues, please follow these links to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Travel advice is being updated nearly daily, so check these sites frequently if you are planning travel and check with Curry Health Center's International Travel Clinic.