Below are some basic tips for staying safe at home.

Continue exploring this page for more specific strategies as well as some tools and tips for health and safety during COVID. 

The Basics: Everyday Prevention Practices

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, faucets, bathrooms, and kitchen areas.

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Do this often and especially before and after eating.

    •  Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, or sneeze or cough into the nook of your elbow.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Seek medical attention if/when necessary. ​

  • If you or someone you live with starts experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home to reduce the chances of exposing and transmitting what could be COVID.

    • Seek testing immediately and continue staying at home until your testing appointment. 

    • Follow the instructions provided to you at the time of your appointment. 

  • Stay informed and in touch.

    • Get up-to-date information from local, state and national levels.​

    • Identify resources needed and available in the community to meet your needs throughout the COVID-19 response effort. 

  • Prepare for possible illness.

    • Consider members of your household that may have an increased risk for severe illness. ​

    • Develop a plan for if/when someone becomes sick in your household.

      • If possible, identify a room or rooms that can be used in your household to separate sick household members from other household members. 

      • If possible, identify a separate bathroom and shower space for sick household members.

      • If possible, identify a separate kitchen space for sick household members.

      • Space is often tight in our homes, particularly if/when folks are sharing housing. Separate physical spaces may not always be possible; in lieu of that, consider different options for maintaining the health and safety of all household members.

        • Some ideas: create bathroom and kitchen schedules; conduct routine enhanced cleaning by all household members; limit the number of people in common areas; and, wear face-coverings in the house.​​

Washing Hands
Cleaning Materials
Working with Mask
Reading at Home

Mental Health Resources

We recognize many people are feeling stressed and anxious in these uncertain times. The Missoula City-County Health Department has compiled some helpful resources for anyone experiencing changes in their mental health, including a crisis line ready to take your call. A print-friendly guide to these resources is also available


Please also be sure to take advantage of telehealth options with your therapists and counselors.

WATCH: Available resources in the community, checking in on each other when social distancing makes it hard.

Crisis Text Line: Text “MT” to 741-741

Suicide prevention

Mental health support


Parenting support


Substance abuse support


All-abilities support

  • Summit Independent Living provides services to help all individuals with disability remain as independent as possible.

  • BASE Missoula community center is offering virtual programming aimed at enriching life through the arts as well as assisting individuals in the pursuit of fun, education, employment and interdependence.


Domestic violence support


Veteran support


Provider support

  • Missoula Provider Support is a community group created to support Montana healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Resiliency and Stress Relief

Stay Safe at Home