Guidance for students dealing with COVID-19

We know this is a difficult time and you have a lot of questions. The information below will help you navigate the process and protect yourself, as well as the Mizzou community.

Should I get tested?

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and contact your health care provider.

MU Student Health Center

For other questions about your COVID-19 situation contact the MU Student Health Center, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily: 573-882-7481. After hours and weekends visit Mizzou Quick Care or Mizzou Urgent Care.

If you have just tested positive for COVID-19, here are you next steps:

  • The first thing you should do is isolate yourself from others and self-report your positive case using this self-report link within 4 hours of notification of your positive test result.
  • Continue isolating and make arrangements for longer-term isolation (10 days). If you have a roommate, notify them immediately. Your roommate should contact the Student Health Center and self-quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. Those who are fully vaccinated are not considered close contacts of positive cases and do not have to quarantine as part of contact tracing procedures unless they become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19. Follow your health care provider’s instructions and continue to isolate from all members of your household, regardless of their vaccination status, while you recover.
  • Remember to take care of yourself. Stay hydrated by drinking water and get enough sleep. Contact your instructors to make necessary arrangements for continuing your studies, if you are able.

MU case investigators are here to help

  • A case investigator will contact you within 24 hours after you reported your positive test. If you have not heard from an investigator within that time frame, you should reach out to COVIDquestions@missouri.edu or call 573-777-2174.
  • Your case investigator will help guide you through the isolation and recovery process and inform you of resources available to you. You can reach back out to case investigator at any time with questions you may have.

To assist the case investigator with contact tracing efforts:

  • Make a list of your close contacts and the last day they were with you. People in your home, your intimate partners and people who were within 6 feet of you for at least 15 minutes cumulative over a 24 hour period are considered to be close contacts. Those who are fully vaccinated are not considered close contacts of positive cases but include them on your list.
  • For classes over the summer semester, classrooms will retain social distancing restrictions that will prevent you from reaching the definition of a close contact.
  • After you receive your test result, you will receive an email from MU Student Health Center with the subject line: “YOUR POSITIVE COVID-19 RESULT and next steps for you.” There is a link in this email to share this list of close contacts. This information will help our contact tracing team notify close contacts quickly. Please watch your “junk” or “spam” mail folder, in case this email ends up there.

While in isolation

If you are a student who lives on campus:

Food and service options for students who live on campus

To start meal delivery, please complete this online form requesting your name, student number, dietary needs, etc. For meal delivery questions, call 573-882-2586.

Campus Dining Services meal delivery phone hours:

  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday
  • 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday

If there any meal delivery delays or unforeseen issues when getting your food delivered, please use these options for pharmacy and grocery. Remember to save your receipts for reimbursement.

If you are a student who lives off campus:

Isolation options

If you choose to isolate at your family home:

Identify the space in which you will isolate in at home and consider any high-risk family members you may have. Ideally, you will need a private room, with a designated bathroom. Contact your family and discuss what’s best for you and them.

If you cannot isolate at your family home:

Send an email to COVIDquestions@missouri.edu and provide your name, the address of where you are isolating and your cell number. Then follow these steps:

  • Stay in a separate room from any household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. Avoid placing toothbrushes, towels and washcloths directly on counters.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household.
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance in shared areas such as kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms and bathrooms.
  • Wear a face covering in any common areas.
  • Roommates should also wear face coverings whenever they are around you.
  • Don’t share personal household items such as cups, towels or utensils.
  • Monitor symptoms and rest.

There is no specific treatment for the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time. We recommend you monitor your symptoms, continue to rest, drink plenty of fluids and stay in contact with your health care provider while in isolation. Seek prompt medical care if you begin to experience severe symptoms. When seeking medical care, remember that you will need to call the facility first to inform them that you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Completing your isolation

The release date for isolation is typically 10 days after your positive test or symptom onset.

A Care Team Investigator will call to discuss a tentative isolation release date, answer other questions you have, and guide you through your release from isolation. 

If you reach Day 8 of your isolation and have not heard from a case investigator, call the MU Student Health Center at 573-777-2174 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (including weekends) or email COVIDquestions@missouri.edu.

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