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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):

On September 1st, 2022, CDC/ACIP authorized two boosters containing the original COVID-19 strain plus Omicron variants (Moderna and Pfizer mRNA "bivalent" vaccines) for all persons age 12 or older who are at least 2 months from their most recent COVID immunization. In addition, if you have been ill with COVID-19 recently, CDC recommends waiting 3 months since your infection before getting the bivalent booster. To determine which vaccine or booster you should receive, please visit the CDC Vaccines for COVID-19 website.

From Oct 7 - Dec 9, 2023, MSU offered appointment-based Moderna bivalent boosters at vaccine clinics every Friday from noon - 3 pm for MSU students, faculty, and staff. We will not be offering boosters over winter break. Please check back in January 2023 to see if there has been sufficient demand for us to open Spring semester vaccine clinics.

Click here to see if there is a Moderna bivalent booster vaccine clinic available
Note - on the webpage this link opens (PrepMod), you do not need to enter any search information, just scroll down to any available MSU clinic.If there is one listed on a future date, please click on "Sign Up for a COVID-19 Vaccination" and you will be able to choose any available time slot. If none are left for that date, please select the next available date. Please bring your active MSU ID and your COVID vaccination card to the booster clinic at your appointment time. The clinic is in the same location as the past two years: the Bobcat Grill area in the basement of the SUB, adjacent to the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and across the hall from the SUB Rec Center (bowling alley, pool tables, etc.).

If you need a primary series vaccine or need a bivalent booster (Moderna or Pfizer) during periods we are not offering booster vaccine clinics, please visit vaccines.gov to find a vaccination site near you.

last updated 12-14-22

Updated: Jan. 18, 2022