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How to get your results

As of May 13, ALL results will be posted on the Patient Portal. Typically, results are available about 24 hours after your test, at the earliest. Keep checking the Patient Portal until you see your result.

If your test is positive, there will be instructions to follow which include a link to fill out an online contact tracing interview. Please take the time to complete this interview and identify close contacts to help slow the spread of the virus.

If you are tested at a non-MSU clinic or test site, please follow their instructions and contact them for results.

Watch yourself for emergency warning signs

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Please call 911. Emergency warning signs may include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish face or lips. Make sure to tell the dispatcher your symptoms so responders are prepared.

If you have been told to isolate...

  • Stay home.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible, and minimize your interactions with others.
  • Avoid public areas and public transportation.
  • Wear a face mask if you have one and must be around others.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, dispose of the tissue then immediately wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces daily (doorknobs, light switches, bathroom faucets and handles, etc.).


If you will miss classes or be physically absent due to illness...

Please contact your faculty immediately for guidance on how to keep up with your studies.  You are not required to disclose the reason you are missing class.

What supportive measures may help?

Mild cases may be treated at home, but severe illness requires hospitalization. You can do several things that will help you feel better while you are recovering on your own.

  • Get extra sleep.
  • Drink lots of liquids like juices, broth and soda.
  • For vomiting: Do not eat or drink anything till you have not vomited for four hours, then sip on liquids for 24 hours. If no further vomiting, begin eating mild foods like crackers, mashed potatoes, rice, applesauce, for 24 hours. Then resume your regular diet.

Complications from viral respiratory syndromes can be serious. If you develop shortness of breath, chest pain, uncontrolled vomiting or stiff neck you will likely need to be rechecked. However, it is of utmost importance to call ahead to SHP Medical Services, Urgent Care, or the Bozeman Health Emergency Room before you travel to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

Where to get counseling and psychological support

It’s common to experience a range of emotions and behaviors given this situation, such as anxiety, worry about school work, frustration, loneliness and more. MSU Counseling and Psychological Services can help. View their page on coping with COVID-19 or call 406-994-4531 to make an appointment. 

COVID-19 vaccination (primary and boosters):

To determine which vaccine or booster you should receive, please visit the CDC Vaccines for COVID-19 website.

From December 2020 - December 2022, SHP Medical Services administered over 8,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Due to low demand, we are no longer offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics and instead refer students and staff to vaccine sites in the community. Please visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

last updated 10-25-23

Updated: Jan. 18, 2022