Health & Safety
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 by adjusting our habits and taking simple steps to protect ourselves and others. Here are things you can do today to make a difference in our community.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days and feel ill, please call your health care provider to discuss further. Students can call University Health Partners at 406-994-2311.
Wear a face mask or face covering
The virus can easily spread between people who are in close proximity to each other — speaking, coughing or sneezing — even if those people are not showing symptoms. Masks are an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and they are required for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Get instructions for safely putting on, removing and reusing face masks.
Keep your distance
When people are close together, germs can spread more easily. So avoid close contact and stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible. Social distancing will help slow the spread of the virus in the community and is especially important for protecting people who are at higher risk of getting sick. Stay at least 6 feet from others to help reduce the spread.
Know the symptoms
Students, staff and faculty should keep track of their own health and check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily before coming to campus. If you have symptoms, stay home and call a health care provider.
Disinfect items and surfaces you use frequently
Clean and disinfectfrequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. All students, faculty and staff will receive a supplemental Clean 'Cat Kit this spring to help them sanitize the spaces they use every day. Learn more about the kits.
In addition, remember to:
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you've been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. The CDC has great guidance on the how and why, including the science behind hand washing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitzer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Stay home if you're sick
A sure fire way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus — and to avoid exposing others. Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 and check yourself for them regularly. If you're sick, stay home from work or class and seek appropriate medical care. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. As an additional step, you can minimize the trips you take to public places, like the grocery store, and wear a mask when you go out to add another layer of protection.
Avoid touching your face
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Touching the mucous membranes on your face with unwashed dirty hands allows germs to enter the body.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. (If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.) Throw away your tissues in the trash. Immedaitely wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Slowing the spread of COVID-19 requires each of us to take responsibility for protecing ourselves and the most vulnerable in our community, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as well as lessening the burden on the doctors, nurses and essential staff who are already on the front lines.
It will take some patience and working together, but Bobcats look out for each other
and for our community.
Learn More About COVID-19
For basic information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, you can view our background page. For the latest updates, consult the links below:
About this Page
Montana State University's goal is to provide clear, concise and timely information to students, faculty, staff and visitors on what MSU is doing to protect our community. The university is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and in consultation with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Gallatin City-County Health Department and our own health professionals on campus.
The information provided on this website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered medical or legal advice. We encourage proper hygiene and health precautions, but we urge you to consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.