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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV


Faculty, Staff and Students
COVID Basics
Further Questions

Our OrediggerRx team, with consultation from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, has developed a framework and guidelines for an in-person semester in a manner consistent with health guidelines.

A list of frequently asked questions appears below. If you need further assistance, please email OrediggerRx@mtech.edu.

Faculty, Staff and Students

Faculty, staff, or students who test positive will be placed in isolation for 5 days from when symptoms first appear and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication. 

If you are confirmed as a close contact by the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, please follow the Health Department's guidance. 

If you are an on-campus student and wish to travel home to be with family during quarantine or isolation, the residence life staff will work with you. If you remain on campus and you feel able, your classroom instruction will transition to remote, and the university will deliver your food to you.

Testing is set up and scheduled by OrediggerRX@mtech.edu. Once you have a testing time, you will go to the testing site behind the HPER Complex in the dirt parking lot.

Your health is our top priority. Please do not hesitate to seek the care you need.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, please seek medical care or call the Student Health Clinic immediately to discuss your illness and plan for how you will be seen. We also encourage you to reach out to OrediggerRx@mtech.edu.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your at-home tests here.

Students with underlying health conditions, or those who are older, will have options to mitigate their exposure to the virus, as needed, based on individual circumstances. Students should email OrediggerRx@mtech.edu.

Faculty and staff whose unique and individual circumstances require an exception to the face-covering directive, as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter professional, may request one. Faculty and staff should contact Vanessa Van Dyk at vvandyk@mtech.edu.


We ask all students, facutly and staff to stay home if you're sick and email OrediggerRX@mtech.edu. Faculty have been advised to work with students who miss classes because of illness, childcare disruptions, or to care for a sick family member by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments, or alternate weighting of missed work.


No. You must stay at home, email OrediggerRX@mtech.edu, and not come to campus if you are ill.


Many are experiencing anxiety as news and warnings about COVID-19 intensify. If you would like to talk with someone, support is available to students through counseling services. Visit https://www.mtech.edu/counseling/ for more information.

Resources for faculty and staff can be found on the EAP & Worklife Services website. You can read more about the EAP program hereHere is another document that discusses resources available to faculty and staff.


Guidance Related to MUS-Affiliated Travel.

All allowable travel outlined below requires campuses to ensure that travelers meet, at a minimum, campus notification and approval standards that resemble those in place prior to the pandemic.

  • Within Montana, MUS-affiliated travel is allowable. Travelers will follow local safety protocols and procedures while in travel status. Travelers may use personal vehicles or elect to use campus vehicles if they follow existing COVID-19 protocols related to occupancy and face coverings.
  • Essential MUS-affiliated travel is allowed outside Montana under certain conditions. Campuses will require travelers to submit a travel safety plan prior to departure that is reviewed by a relevant campus committee and approved at the cabinet level. At a minimum, travel safety plans should justify the essential nature of the proposed travel, detail plans for following current COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions at each travel destination. Where necessary, travelers should also work with campus to establish a return-to-campus work and/or study plan that accounts for any self-quarantine requirements resulting from travel that the campus identifies as high-risk.
  • The MUS continues to have a moratorium on MUS-affiliated international travel, while recognizing that the health risks of international travel are changing rapidly and that decisions regarding fall study abroad, research, and other travel will need to be made well in advance of the fall semester.

COVID Basics

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before the onset of the illness. Close contacts of asymptomatic patients are identified as those who were close to the asymptomatic individual two days prior to a specimen collection that is positive, and until the time the patient is isolated. 

A close contact can also be defined as:

  • Someone who took care of a person at home who is sick with COVID-19
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (touching, hugging, kissing)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils with the infected person
  • Someone who is the recipient of respiratory droplets from the infected person, via sneezing or coughing

Once the Health Department is notified by the state that a person is confirmed as positive, we will work with that individual on safely isolating, identifying close contacts, and reaching out to those close contacts for quarantine and testing. The individual who is confirmed positive may share with others if they choose.

If someone is believed to have associated with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, the Health Department will reach out to any close contacts. Those not contacted by the Health Department, including secondary or remote contacts, would not need to take any action or quarantine and can proceed as normal.

If you are notified by an agency or an individual not associated with the Butte-Silver Bow Health that you are a close contact, please contact the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department immediately. The Health Department will confirm that you are a close contact.


Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and maintaining other prevention measures are essential for you and those around you to stay healthy. Learn more about the vaccination on the following sites: 

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination information

COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Information for Montana

  • Wear a mask or face covering when indoors.
  • Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if I am ill.
  • Cover my cough and/or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching my face.
  • Get tested for COVID-19.
  • Check temperature daily.
  • Get vaccinated.
  • Contact my medical provider if I am sick.
International Services


Further Questions?

If you have questions that are not answered here, please email OrediggerRX@mtech.edu.

To contact the Student Health Center on campus, please call 406-496-4243.

You can also call the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department's Unified Health Command at 406-497-5008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Leave a message after hours.

If you are symptomatic, please call the Southwest Montana Community Health Center at 406-723-4075 for proper procedures and testing locations. The clinic is located at 445 Centennial Avenue.