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Guidance for individuals with COVID-19

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I am positive

You have been diagnosed with COVID and will need to stay home

until meeting the CDC criteria to be released from isolation. Download and print your isolation guidance here.

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 BUT HAVE NO SYMPTOMS.

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance below.

 

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND I HAVE SYMPTOMS.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. You will need to stay home and isolate away from others until:

· 10 days after your symptoms started AND

· 24 hours without a fever and not taking any medications to lower fever, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen AND

· Your symptoms have improved.

These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). Consult with a healthcare provider for their recommendations.

 

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I am a UM student and I tested positive.

You have been diagnosed with COVID and will need to stay home

until meeting the CDC criteria to be released from isolation.

NOTIFY THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE

  • All professors, whether enrolled in online or in-person classes.

  • The Office of the Registrar 406-243-5600.

  • If you live ON CAMPUS, call Residence Life at 406-243-2611 to move to an isolation area and receive food and other assistance.

  • If you live OFF CAMPUS, you can call the UM COVID Response Team at 406-243-2611 to receive information on food assistance, additional resources, and how to comply with isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

*Refusal to comply with this isolation order is a violation of the UM Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

PARENTS

For more information, please go to UM’s COVID response website. Please call the UM COVID-19 hotline at 406-243-4636 if you have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs.

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How do I properly isolate?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with

COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are

in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to

be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should:

· Avoid contact with other others.

· Monitor your symptoms daily.

· Stay in a specific “sick room” or area.

· Use a separate bathroom (if available).

· Don’t share personal household items such as cups, towels, and utensils.

· If you cannot separate from others in the home, wear a mask.

 

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How long will I be infectious?

NO SYMPTOM ISOLATION TIMELINE

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance below.

 

SYMPTOM ISOLATION TIMELINE

You will need to stay home and isolate away from others until:

· 10 days after your symptoms started AND

· 24 hours without a fever and not taking any medications to lower fever, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen AND

· Your symptoms have improved.

These recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised). Consult with a healthcare provider for their recommendations.

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When should I seek medical attention?

Call your health care provider for advice on treating your symptoms or for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Your doctor knows you best and what to do for you, especially if you have other health concerns like high blood pressure or breathing problems. Please wear a face covering and tell staff that you have COVID-19 so that they can take proper precautions.

OTHER OPTIONS

· The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

staffs the Nurse First Line 24 hours a day, seven

days a week. Call 1-800-330-7847 to speak with a nurse.

· Missoula's Community Medical Center provides a Nurse-on-Call hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 406-327-4770 to speak with a nurse.

If you are a University of Montana student you can call Call Curry Health Center (406-243-2122) for an appointment.

EMERGENCY SIGNS

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 9-1-1:

· Trouble breathing

· Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

· New confusion

· Inability to wake or stay awake

· Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

 
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What is a close contact and how do I notify them?

close contact is defined by CDC as someone who was within 2 meters (roughly 6 feet) of an infected person for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic cases 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

Examples of people who could potentially be defined as close contacts:

  • Household contacts living, sleeping, or eating in the same home

  • Sexual partners of a person with COVID-19

  • Known contacts of a person with COVID-19 in other group settings (places of worship, indoor workplaces, private social events)

You should gather a list of your close contacts and their contact information so you have it readily available for the health department. You should also alert your close contacts that they have been exposed and should quarantine while they await contact from the health department. Please also tell them to check our information for close contacts found here.

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Handling continuous exposure to COVID-19 in your household

IF YOU ARE UNVACCINATED OR NOT FULLY VACCINATED

  • Get tested immediately when they are identified as a close contact.

  • Begin quarantine immediately and continue to quarantine throughout the isolation period of the person with COVID-19.

  • Continue to quarantine for an additional 14 days starting the day after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.

  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation of the infected household member.

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  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the person’s isolation period.

  • Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until quarantine ends.

  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

FULLY VACCINATED

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.

  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.

  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

IF MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN A HOME TEST POSITIVE AT DIFFERENT TIMES

Recommendations for this situation depend on vaccination status:

  • When multiple members of the household become infected at different times and the people with COVID-19 can’t isolate from other members of the household, close contacts who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should

    • Quarantine throughout the isolation period of any infected person in the household.

    • Continue to quarantine until 14 days after the end of isolation date for the most recently infected member of the household. For example, if the last day of isolation of the person most recently infected with COVID-19 was June 30, the new 14-day quarantine period starts on July 1.

    • Get tested 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with any person with COVID-19 while that person is in isolation.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with other people in the home until quarantine ends.

    • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

  • When multiple members of the household become infected at different times and the people with COVID-19 can’t isolate from other members of the household, close contacts who are fully vaccinated in this situation should

    • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they developed symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.

    • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household.

    • Wear a mask when in contact with any person with COVID-19 while that person is in isolation.

    • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the end of isolation for the most recently infected member of the household or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result. For example, if the last day of isolation for the person most recently infected with COVID-19 was June 30, the new 14-day period to wear a mask indoors in public starts on July 1.

    • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

 
 

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Using SARA-alert

Missoula City-County Health Department is using an application called Sara Alert to support people in isolation. You will receive an email or text message asking if you have symptoms. The Sara Alert number is 844-957-2721. Please make sure this email does not go to spam or this number is not blocked.

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