Latest COVID-19 Information
Testing available at GCMC:
If you have symptoms, please call to arrange for an evaluation and testing: 406-859-3271
Granite County Hospital Statement:
CORONAVIRUS (COVID -19) Vaccine UPDATE as of August 23rd, 2021
All Montanans are eligible for the
If you are a Granite County Resident, 18 or older, please call the
GCMC Receptionist @ 406-859-3271 for an appointment
The FDA and CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), recently voted to recommend an additional dose of Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for immunocompromised individuals; including those with organ transplants, those undergoing cancer treatment or having HIV or those with compromised immune systems. This additional dose should match the dose type of the mRNA vaccine in the primary series. The additional dose of vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the primary vaccine series. They note: This is not a booster dose. This is an additional dose for persons in whom their immune response may have been suppressed following the first two doses. Immunocompromised individuals who are recommended to receive an additional dose of vaccine will self-attest their immunocompromised status to reduce barriers to vaccination. Due to insufficient data, the EUA amendment for an additional dose does not apply to the J&J vaccine or to individuals who received the J&J vaccine as their primary series.)
As early as mid-September, Pending approval by the FDA and the ACIP, the Biden administration is expected to recommend an additional dose of mRNA Covid vaccine to the general public, eight months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
What You Can Do:
Following these steps can help minimize the spread of this disease. This is especially important to the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
If you are feeling ill:
Call your local healthcare provider for advice: If you have fever, cough, short of breath, please stay home from work and do not go out in public.
If you are feeling ill:
Use soap and hot water, for 1 minute, ensure that one scrubs the tips of the fingers, thumbs, back of hands and between their fingers. This should be done multiple times a day; before eating, before and after touching one's face, eyes, or mouth, using the restroom, and periodically through the day when toughing unclean surfaces.
It is recommended to stay at least 6 feet apart in a social gathering to help minimize the spread. Avoid unnecessary travel and large groups of people.
Wash your hands often:
When sneezing or coughing do this into the inside of your elbow or cover with the top of your shirt toward your armpit area. If you must use your hands, wash them immediately.
Eat well, get adequate rest and make sure you are drinking plenty of water.