Covid-19 Resource Page
(Survey - Sanders County, Montana residents only)
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 -Friday
Respiratory Illness Clinic Appointments: (406) 826-4996
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.
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.
CFVH Covid-19 community updates
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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.
CFVH is able to perform 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 testing supplies available to provide asymptomatic testing for travel and other screening purposes. If that situation changes, we will update this website and social media accordingly. 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.
Covid-19 Vaccinations for sanders county, mt residents
CFVH has developed a Covid-19 Vaccination interest survey to develop a waiting list of Sanders County, Montana residents who are ready to get their Covid-19 vaccine as it becomes available for Phase 1 and Phase 2 distribution. We hope that by identifying those wanting to get the vaccine, it will help us secure the correct amount of dosages as well as streamline our scheduling process to alleviate the number of scheduling inquiries received by our Family Medicine Network offices.
Please note that vaccine supplies are limited and you may not receive a call right away to be scheduled for your vaccination after completing the survey.
On April 1, 2021, Phase 2 vaccination distribution will begin and anyone regardless of eligibility will have the option of getting their Covid-19 vaccination. CFVH will continue to prioritize distribution based on Phase 1 eligibility and then Phase 2. No prioritization will be determined within Phase 2. Those vaccinations will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis upon completion of this survey.
What are Phase 1b and 1c distribution guidelines?
- People aged 70 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
- Persons aged 18-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include: Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), Sickle cell disease, and Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus. On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications.
- Persons aged 60 years and older
- Persons aged 18-59 with medical conditions not included in phase 1B that may have an elevated-risk of COVID-19 complications, conditions include: Asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), Cystic fibrosis, Hypertension or high blood pressure, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, Liver disease, Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 40 kg/m2), Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), and Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder).
- Those who work in the Education Sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)
- Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities
- Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers and public transit workers.
- Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health
- All other Sanders County Residents not eligible for Phase 1 distribution
For those who do not have internet access, Sanders County Council on Aging has graciously offered to help individuals complete the survey by phone. They can be reached at 406-741-2343. Their office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm. Please keep in mind they are not scheduling the vaccine appointments. They are a resource for those without internet access.
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