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
In preparation for 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.
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.
Clark Fork Valley Hospital is able to perform Covid-19 testing for patients. This test is available only with a physician order when a patient is suspected of Covid-19 infection. Currently, this is a send out test performed at the Montana State Lab. Our charge for the test is $209.50. We are following all regulatory guidance concerning billing for the diagnostic test for Covid-19. Insurance companies that we are aware of in the state of Montana are waiving copays for the test so that it is covered 100%. Uninsured patients are able to receive the test at no charge to them.
Covid-19 Vaccination updates
We are well underway with Phase 1a Covid-19 vaccinations meant for healthcare workers and Long Term Care residents.
CFVH is also offering a Phase 1b/1c Covid-19 Vaccination interest survey. The purpose of this survey is to accumulate a list of eligible Sanders County, Montana residents who are ready to get their Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available for Phase 1b and 1c 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.
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.
- 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, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare 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
- Persons aged 60 years and older
- Individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities
- 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).
For those over the age of 18 who do not qualify under Phase 1b or 1c distribution, you must wait for the Governor to declare Phase 2 to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine. CFVH will expand this interest survey to include Phase 2 when that is appropriate. In the meantime, we invite you to follow us on Facebook and/or subscribe to the CFVH Health Connection e-Newsletter for continued Covid-19 updates.
We are currently working on a way for those without internet access to complete the survey via phone. More details to come.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers - CDC Recommendations
Covid-19 Testing - MT Department of Public Health and Human Services
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) - Information for Employees during COVID-19 pandemic