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.
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.
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.
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. We will bill any applicable insurance for benefits for the lab test and correlating office visit.
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 individuals age 6 months 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 below.
Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations
CFVH offers Pfizer Bivalent Booster vaccinations to those 12+. If you are interested in getting a Covid-19 booster vaccination, please complete the C19 Booster Vaccination Survey.
People may receive the Pfizer booster even if their initial Covid-19 vaccination series was Moderna.
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.