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Dear Campus Community,
 
Because the situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and in light of the recent news that the Montana University System (MUS) Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian tested positive for COVID-19, we want to ensure you are all equipped with proper direction if you believe you may have the virus or have come in contact with someone who has tested positive:
  1. Evaluate your symptoms. Common symptoms are fever, cough, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and feeling tired. Some people have no or very mild symptoms, and others feel very ill.
  2. If you are younger than 65, are otherwise healthy, and have very mild symptoms, please stay home and avoid others. Be sure to get enough rest and enough fluids.
  3. If you are older than 65, if you have other problems like diabetes or asthma or heart disease, or if your symptoms are severe, please call your doctor.You should also call your doctor if at any time your symptoms are worsening.
  4. Call your doctor if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19 OR you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Check the CDC for the latest list of areas.
  5. Your doctor must provide an order for COVID-19 testing. Please refer to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services for testing instructions.
Per Riverstone Health: Your doctor will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
MSU Billings Faculty & Staff Direction

If you are feeling unwell and present with any of the common symptoms, such as fever, cough, muscle aches, shortness of breath and fatigue, please stay home or you will be sent home.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen.

MSU Billings is the worksite for all others with the two following exceptions:
  1. Temporary work-from-home arrangements are possible on an individualized basis subject to HR approval, for employees with underlying conditions who are at high risk for health or medical complications related to COVID-19.
  2. Temporary work-from-home arrangements are possible, on an individualized basis subject to HR approval, for employees who are required to be in a quarantine situation. 
MSU Billings is the worksite for employees who are not ill, who do not have underlying health conditions that are complicating factors, and who are not in a quarantine situation. 

Please contact your supervisor to take the appropriate measures specific to your situation.
Self Quarantine

If you have had close contact * with a person who HAS tested positive, you should self-quarantine for 14 days, self-monitor for symptoms especially fever and cough and/or shortness of breath. Call ahead before seeing your healthcare provider.  

* Close contact is defined as—
 
a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
– or –
b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)
I want to share with you that I have put myself under quarantine following the guidelines given by our state health care professionals, as I was in contact with Commissioner Christian recently.

I’m not exhibiting any symptoms, but am ensuring the health and well-being of our campus by self-quarantining—and urge you to do the same if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

I know this is a stressful and uncertain time for us all. My administration and I are working around the clock to stay updated and to keep you informed as this situation evolves. Your health and well-being is our highest priority and we will do everything we can to keep you safe and need your help to do so by following the above guidelines. 

Please refer to our COVID-19 Central webpage for updates.

Sincerely,
Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207
406.657.2300