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. 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.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Q: What is Missoula County's approach for phase 1b?
A: Missoula is following the Montana Department of Health and Human Services phases. Phase 1b includes residents over the age of 70, American Indians and other people of color who may be at an elevated risk for COVID-19, residents aged 16-69 with qualifying health conditions, and--on a case-by-case basis--medical providers may include a resident with a health condition that puts them at elevated risk. At a Missoula City-County Board of Health (BOH) meeting on January 14th, 2021, the BOH adopting an approach to organizing vaccination within phase 1b, as we continue to have limited doses. The first group to be allowed vaccination within phase 1b will be those ages 70 and older. Due to the large section of the population phase 1b covers, Missoula’s coordination effort relies on multiple distribution points. The Office of Emergency Management is coordinating with each distribution point to equitably and efficiently offer the vaccine to residents who want it in phase 1b. The Missoula City-County Health Department will work with partners to offer mass clinics to residents whose primary care providers do not have a distribution plan.
Q: What sort of essential workers will qualify for vaccination in phase 1c?
A: Phase 1c will include essential workers including teachers, grocery store clerks, postal workers, utility workers, etc. This list will likely become clarified by state and local leadership in the coming months.
Q: Do student dormitories count as a congregate home for phase 1c?
A: No, DPHHS has not designated student dormitories as congregate homes at this point.
Q: When will there be enough vaccines for everyone?
A: Montana DPHHS estimates there will be enough vaccine doses for everyone, 16 and older, in Montana by late spring or early summer 2021. This timeline is fluid and subject to vaccine availability.
Q: I heard ski patrol are getting vaccinated but not EMS. Is this hearsay?
A: This is hearsay. EMS and first responders are eligible for vaccination under phase 1a. If you know an EMS that wants to get vaccinated send them to missoulainfo.com/vaccination and they can sign up on our website.