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How to get your results

If you are tested by University Health Partners Medical Services at the Swingle building next to the SUB or at the Student Testing Center near Bobcat Stadium and your test is positive, MSU Medical Services will call you.

Negative results will be posted on the Patient Portal. You will not be called if the result is negative.

Typically, results are available about 24 hours after your test at the earliest. Keep checking back at the Patient Portal until you see your result or until you receive a phone call for a positive result.

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 self-isolate...

  • Stay home.
  • If you share your home with roommates or housemates, please find a single room and minimize your interactions with others. Ask housemates to drop off food for you so you avoid the kitchen and common areas as much as possible.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely and seek medical attention if your symptoms worsen.
  • 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.).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in homes and residential communities that may be helpful as well.


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.

If you are a student living in the residence halls...

The university has spaces available on campus for quarantine and isolation. These units are available only for students who live in our residence halls.

  • Students who are identified as close contacts of people with COVID-19 through the contact tracing process or who are awaiting their own test results would be placed into quarantine housing apart from other students.
  • Residents who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 would be housed in isolation, potentially sharing a suite with others who have confirmed cases of the virus.

Students in both quarantine and isolation will be in regular contact with public health case managers and receive check-ins from health care providers to monitor their condition if needed. Residence hall staff will also check in daily so that students remain connected to campus life and resources. Should it be deemed necessary by a provider or should there be an emergency, students would be taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for care.

Additional information about quarantine and isolation housing at MSU is available under the Residence Life section on the university's COVID-19 FAQ page.

What supportive measures may help?

There is no known antiviral treatment for COVID-19, and while vaccines are beginning to become available, treatment remains, primarily, supportive care. 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 UHP 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. 

If you have finished quarantine/isolation and would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, information is available here: