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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Like so many across the nation and beyond, we at the University of Providence have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus.

Our goal is to provide clear, concise and timely information to students, faculty, staff, families on what UP is doing to protect our community.

The information provided on this website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered medical or legal advice. We encourage proper hygiene and health precautions, but we urge you to consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

UP COVID-19 Readiness and Resources


The University of Providence is committed to providing a safe environment in which the entire UP community can learn, work, and live. This commitment touches virtually every facet of the university’s life, from the individual classroom, to recognizing the institution’s obligations to do what we can to help assure the safety of the wider Great Falls community in which we live and work.

Under the leadership of our President, the Very Reverend Father Oliver J. Doyle, and guided by both the Board of Trustees and the President’s COVID-19 Taskforce, the University of Providence continues to meet to adjust on-going mitigation efforts as needed based on the circumstances of the pandemic, at any given point in time.  Planning for the safe on-going campus operations is informed by the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our local Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD), and the directives of the Montana Governor’s Office.

The quick link sections to the left, outline the over 80 pages of our campus Emergency Opening Plan (EOP) into a more navigable structure for exploring and reference. To see the full EOP report, click here.

COVID-19 Reporting and Follow-Up

Quarantine and Isolation

If you have tested positive for COVID-19Report your positive case. If you have tested positive, isolate for a minimum period of 5 days. The 5-day timeframe begins the day after the first day you started to feel sick or have tested positive. After 5 days of isolation, continue to wear a mask for the full duration of 10 days. Isolation means staying away from others. Students in residential housing should take measures possible to isolate from other roommates. If leaving isolation is necessary, wear a well-fitting facemask and strictly limit your time and contact with others. Residential students will have all three meals delivered to their individual apartments, by housing personnel, for the duration of the 5-day isolation timeframe. Given that a mask must be worn while outside of isolation, residential students should get “grab-and-go” meals from food service for days 6-10 after getting sick or testing positive. Faculty and staff should work remotely, as is possible and feasible during the isolation period. Students should not attend in-person courses and should discuss alternative options with Faculty. It is the responsibility of the person who is ill, to notify their respective faculty, supervisor, and close contacts if ill with COVID-19. The indicators for ending isolation (if sick) include symptoms significantly improving, and being fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

If you have been in close contact with someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, it is no longer necessary to quarantine. However, the CDC indicates that after exposure to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, a mask should be worn immediately, for a period of 10 days following the last date of exposure to the person who has since tested positive. Monitor for symptoms during the 10-day timeframe. Symptoms may include fever (100.4 or higher), cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell. If any of these symptoms present themselves in the 10-day monitoring period, immediately isolate and get tested.

COVID-19 Case Count Reporting

Active Cases

The University of Providence has 0 new, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 0 active cases as of March 13, 2023. Case count reporting will be updated as needed based on reporting.

Please note:

  • Active cases are defined as laboratory-confirmed, for individuals who are employees or students of the University of Providence, who are accessing campus facilities
  • Our numbers reflect active cases reported to the University
  • Numbers reflect faculty, staff, and students
  • All individuals have received guidance and assistance regarding proper isolation protocols and are in contact with health care professionals
  • Cascade City County Health is conducting contact tracing for any individual who is identified as a close contact
  • Due to federal regulations, we will not be providing any information beyond the number of new, active, and recovered cases
  • Since September 1, 2022 a total of 9 cases have recovered.
  • Between September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022 a total of  81 cases have recovered.
  • Between September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021 a total of 58 cases have recovered.

Additional Resources

Coronavirus Task Force Members
  • Beffert, Brad
  • Berg, Lindsay
  • Budeski, Brittany
  • Carranza, Kylie
  • Doyle, Oliver
  • Duda, Arunas
  • Estrada, Nicolas
  • Gretch, James
  • Lyons, Frankie
  • Redinger, Matthew
  • Stick, Mackenzie
University Contact information