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 - 8 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: 4 PM - 5 PM, Monday -Friday
Respiratory Illness Clinic Appointments: (406) 826-4996 (Available 3/23/20)
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.
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