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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

University of Missouri System leadership is actively monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The University is working closely with local and state public health officials and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect our community. Campus-specific precautions are also being taken at all UM System universities.

As always, systemwide decisions are being made with the health and safety of our community at the forefront and with the best-available guidance from our local public health authorities. This page will continue to update as circumstances change.

University-specific Information

For specific information on how MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL are addressing COVID-19 concerns, access the webpages below:

    mu  umkc

    s&t  umsl

Support Resources for Faculty and Staff

Shifting to remote and online instruction (eLearning support)
Working through COVID-19 (HR policies and tools)
Funding and travel refunds (Finance guidelines)
Remote work technologies (IT resources)
Personal well-being (Health and wellness resources)
Voluntary Reduction Program
In April, UM System President Mun Choi and chancellors took voluntary 10-percent pay reductions from May 1-July 31, as did their cabinet members and all deans.  Many other university leaders throughout the system, including athletic and health care leadership, were asked and have also taken 10-percent upcoming cuts to support the continued mission of the universities in light of the financial pressures created on our institutions by the global pandemic.
This form is provided in response to inquiries from other staff and faculty members who voiced interest in volunteering for pay reductions to support the university’s mission in education, research and service to our state. The form allows staff or faculty to easily sign up for future pay reductions at 2%, 5% or 10% for up to three months.
While we appreciate the generosity and dedication of those who choose to make this sacrifice, these actions will not eliminate the need for other steps to reduce payroll costs. Those who volunteer may still be subject to furloughs, layoffs, salary reductions or other actions.
No matter your decision, your dedication and hard work for our institution, our students and Missourians is much appreciated.

Support Resources for Students

Shifting to remote and online instruction
Personal well-being

Community Resources

State and Federal Resources
Kansas City-area
St. Louis-area

Illness Prevention and Guidance

MO Dept. of Health public hotline

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The hotline, operated by medical professionals, can be reached at 877-435-8411 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Preventing illness

The CDC always recommends vaccination and preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Please enter international travel plans in your campus travel registry; this will assist the university to contact you in the case of an emergency.

What to do if you are sick

If you feel sick and have reason to believe you were exposed to the coronavirus (i.e., you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected; you have traveled internationally to an affected area; or you have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19), call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Your provider’s office will take steps to keep other people from potentially getting infected or exposed. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

MU Health Care video visits

MU Health Care offers free video visits for patients who wish to be seen virtually or screened for COVID-19.The screenings will allow patients to interact with providers from the comfort of their own home, ensuring they do not expose others to their illness. For more information on video visits, go to MU Health Care has more information about COVID-19 at


Contact the Office of Emergency Management

For questions regarding COVID-19 preparedness or other emergency management information, please contact:

Director Mark Diedrich, UM System Office of Emergency Management

Reviewed 2022-06-10