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.
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 has discontinued its Covid-19 Antigen Testing Drive-Up Service due to insufficient testing supplies.
Each of our Family Medicine Network offices in Thompson Falls, Plains and Hot Springs have a limited supply of C19 home test kits that are available for pick up while supplies last. We ask that you take no more than 1 test box every 2 weeks.
If you obtain on of the at home test kits, please note the following instructions:
- If you feel you need to be tested because of a Covid exposure, and you do not have symptoms, you should wait until 5 days after the exposure before you test.
- If you have symptoms, you should not test until you have had symptoms for 2 days.
- If the test is negative you may use the 2nd test in the box 24-48 hours after you completed the first test.
- There is no need to repeat a test if the first one is positive.
- Continue to follow guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation. These can be found at the Sanders County Public Health website.
- If you need further testing for any other reason please contact the public health department (406-827-6931), including if you need testing again within 2 weeks.
- See below for information regarding free test kits through the US Postal Service.
Testing recommendations can be found at the Sanders County Public Health Department website - https://co.sanders.mt.us/departments/public-health/ and are relevant particularly for those seeking testing after exposure. Note that you should quarantine, and if you have no symptoms wait until the 5th day after exposure to be tested.
Eight test kits per household from the federal government are available through the US Postal Service (https://special.usps.com/testkits). We encourage every household to order so they are prepared in case they need to test.
CFVH is 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.
CFVH currently offers the Moderna vaccine 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 offers 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.
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccinations for minors under 18
The FDA has authorized use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for minors age 5 - 17. CFVH is not currently offering vaccinations for minors.
Please reach out to the Sanders County Health Department for vaccination information for minors ages 12-17. If you are inquiring about vaccinations for children ages 5-11, please contact Sondra Howland-Paul, RN-BC, CFVH Infection Preventionist, firstname.lastname@example.org, (406) 826-4949 for nearby options in Polson, Kalispell or Missoula.
CFVH Covid-19 community updates
Subscribe to CFVH Health Connection e-Newsletter to get CFVH Covid-19 Updates and other CFVH news directly to your inbox.
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
Covid-19 Myths - American Heart Association
C19 Medication Fact Sheets
Fact sheets for patients, parents and caregivers - relating to Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Medications for Covid-19:
Please note that provision of these medications is subject to availability and appropriate clinical pathways.