Covid-19 Resource Page
covid-19 Nurse hotline
Questions about respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or what steps you should take next (make an appointment at Respiratory Illness Clinic, stay at home, go to ER)? Try our Covid-19 Nurse Hotline available Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
For emergencies and urgent questions after hours, please call the CFVH ER Department at 406-826-4875.
This resource is not meant for testing information. It has been created for people experiencing symptoms of covid that need nursing assistance. For the most current Sanders County testing information, please see below.
Respiratory illness Clinic
Due to the influx of patients with respiratory illness concerns and needs, we have established a Respiratory Illness Clinic at our Main Hospital Campus in Plains, MT.
Hours of Operation: 3 PM - 5 PM, Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Friday
Respiratory Illness Clinic Appointments: (406) 826-4810
The Respiratory Illness Clinic will allow us to care for patients experiencing or concerned of respiratory related symptoms in a secluded area so we can continue to care for other patients as normal in our clinical and ER settings.
Respiratory Symptoms Include:
- Runny Nose
- Nasal Congestion
- Sore Throat
- Body Aches
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, we encourage you to schedule an appointment to be seen at our Respiratory Illness Clinic.
Directions to Clinic:
Turn onto Horizon Lane just East of the Main Hospital Entrance along Kruger Road. Follow signage to Respiratory Illness Clinic from that point to parking area outside of the clinic trailer and across from Plains Family Medicine.
Masks will be provided outside the clinic entrance and all patients are required to wear a mask prior to entry.
Please note: For the safety of our patients and others, the clinic is set up for Patients Only. No visitors will be allowed unless the patient is a minor or has mobility or cognitive issues. In this case, the patient may be accompanied by one adult support person who will be required to wear a mask also.
Free Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Testing is now available at CFVH.
Hours of Operation: 8 AM - 4 PM, Monday - Friday.
No appointment is necessary but ID is required. Please look for the Drive Up Covid-19 Antigen Testing Signage along Kruger Road, near the main hospital entrance. Signs will direct you to a reserved parking area located outside of our RIC clinic and across from the main entrance of Plains Family Medicine. Between Kruger Road and the assigned parking area, a mailbox is set up that has testing registration forms. Please be sure to take one before proceeding to the parking area. We recommend completing the registration form before calling a CFVH representative. Once you park in the reserved parking area, you will call the number posted for assistance and a CFVH staff representative will come to your car. They will provide instructions on how to obtain the sample that is needed for testing so you can then collect this sample yourself. We will need to see ID to confirm the registration. If you are under 18 years of age a parent will need to sign for consent. After collection of the sample you will leave and we will contact you with the results, within a few hours. You will also be given printed instructions regarding current CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Read these guidelines carefully. Following them is as important as the covid test result. Please know that we are required to notify the public health department of any positive test result for contact tracing purposes.
If you need testing for travel purposes you will need to determine if this antigen testing is adequate. Requirements may vary depending on where you are traveling to. Unfortunately, due to supply issues, we are unable to offer PCR testing if required for your travel plans.
CFVH is also able to perform PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Covid-19 testing for patients, however patients cannot self-refer for this test and must have a provider assessment and lab order. Currently we do not have adequate PCR testing supplies available to provide asymptomatic testing for travel and other screening purposes. We will bill any applicable insurance for benefits for the lab test and correlating office visit. Many insurances are waiving the out-of-pocket expense for the patient, however we recommend that you contact your insurance company directly to inquire about this. If patients have no insurance coverage, there is a government program we can bill for the office visit and lab test so that there is no cost to the patient. Other testing or treatment not directly related to Covid-19 would not be covered by this program.
The Sanders County Health Department collects testing data for all Sanders County residents. It is important to note, that if a Sanders County resident gets testing done at another testing or healthcare facility not affiliated with CFVH, this is reported to the county and not to the hospital. The County also completes contact tracing and determines active and recovered cases, thus giving them a total picture of Covid activity in our communities.
The Montana.gov site above reports testing data on a daily basis. Please note that the state site normally takes 24 - 48 hours to update with current information provided by health departments across the state, so if you see a discrepancy in reporting, this is probably why.
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If you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.
The Moderna vaccine is currently the only Covid-19 vaccine being offered at CFVH and is still designated for those 18 years of age and older. Vaccines are not limited to Sanders County residents.
To get scheduled for your Covid-19 vaccination appointment, please call Plains Family Medicine - (406) 826-4810 or complete the Covid-19 Vaccination interest survey.
Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations
CFVH is now offering Moderna Covid-19 Booster vaccinations to those who qualify. If you are interested in getting a Covid-19 booster vaccination, please complete the C19 Booster Vaccination Survey.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have been approved for those who have completed their initial vaccine series at least 5 months prior.
Individuals who qualify are:
- Age 18+
The Moderna booster has been approved for those immunocompromised who have completed their initial vaccine series at least 28 days prior.
The FDA has also authorized the use of a single booster dose (Pfizer or Moderna) for those who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 2 months prior.
People may receive either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccines as a booster dose after completion of their primary series, even if the booster is a different vaccine. At CFVH, the Moderna vaccine is the only vaccine/booster available.
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