10 tips for staying COVID-19 safe this year

Simple ways you can keep yourself and your friends safe and healthy – and maybe win fabulous prizes!

From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs

Hey Tigers! I hope your semester is off to a good start. I love this time of year because campus is full of students and the air is full of possibilities. 

I wanted to share with you a few recommendations that may help keep you safe during the ongoing pandemic. A little caution will go a long way toward ensuring we have as normal a semester as possible. 

  1. Put this number in your phone: MU Student Health Center, 573-882-7481. You’ll need to make an appointment any time you need the services of the Student Health Center – whether for a minor injury, sexual health services, or to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking of which…
  2. Get vaccinated (ASAP). Visit an on-campus vaccination event or call the MU Student Health Center to schedule an appointment. See? I told you that number would come in handy.
  3. Stay up to date. Follow on-campus safety guidelines and masking requirements by checking renewal.missouri.edu and Mizzou’s social media. 
  4. Check for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Stay aware of your health and, please, stay home if you feel sick. Call the MU Student Health Center for health advice: 573-882-7481
  5. Get tested for COVID-19 if necessary. Call the MU Student Health Center (you know the number) to receive a referral to get tested. 
  6. You are required to self-report if you test positiveUse this self-report form within four hours of receiving a positive diagnosis. Self-reporting will help case investigators guide you through the isolation and recovery process. 
  7. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Let your instructors know if you will miss any class time. Your professors can help you make arrangements to cover course content you might miss. 
  8. Mizzou is here for you. The pandemic has presented many challenges. Remember, Mizzou is always here to help. You can find a variety of mental health and wellness resources at renewal.missouri.edu. And you can always talk to me.
  9. Cold & flu prevention = COVID-19 prevention. Cover your cough and sneeze, wash your hands regularly and avoid large crowds. Put a reminder in your phone now to get the flu shot in mid-September. There’s no charge — it’s covered by your health fee! 
  10. Log your vaccine. Win prizes. Upload your vaccine information (even if you’ve already sent it with other vaccination records) using our secure document upload in myZou. Providing a record of your vaccination status helps us measure vaccination rates on campus and provides information on how Mizzou can adjust our policies to promote a safe environment. Plus, you can enter to win amazing MU prizes — including tuition discounts! Learn more about the vaccine incentive program 

Remember: Tigers support Tigers! 

Members of the Multicultural Greek Council at the Student Center Aug. 20, 2021. Sam O'Keefe/University of Missouri
Members of the Multicultural Greek Council at the Student Center Aug. 20, 2021. Sam O’Keefe/University of Missouri