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) UPDATE as of  October 20, 2020

 

Granite County Hospital District (GCHD) is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all those we have the privilege of serving. We are here to help you and your family through this difficult time.  Below are answers to frequently asked questions by our community.

What are symptoms of COVID-19?

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: cough, fever, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. 

 

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Granite County Hospital District is performing COVID-19 testing outside the Drummond Clinic on Tuesdays and in the ER bay of the Medical Center, Monday – Friday, between 9:00am -11:30am. The daily courier arrives at noon and this time frame allows tests to be sent out the same day they are collected.  Please remain in your vehicle and call 406-859-3271 to let us know you are waiting outside for testing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

What is the cost of a COVID19 test?

All health plans are required to cover COVID-19 tests without cost sharing.  If you do not have insurance, the cost will be covered through The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This ensures that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the U.S., including the uninsured.

 

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID- 19?

Please call and schedule an appointment to be evaluated and tested.  We strongly encourage appointments Monday – Friday, in the morning between 9:00am -11:30am so your test can be sent out the same day it is collected.   

 

What do I do if I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?   

If you have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure and please call to schedule an appointment to be tested.  We strongly encourage appointments Monday – Friday, in the morning between 9:00am -11:30am so your test can be sent out the same day it is collected. Direct exposure is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. 

 

What do I do if I do not have symptoms but am worried about possible exposure and would like to be tested?

Please call to schedule a time to be tested.  We strongly encourage appointments Monday – Friday, in the morning between 9:00am -11:30am so your test can be sent out the same day it is collected.

 

How do I get my results?

All COVID-19 tests are sent to either the state public health lab or LabCorp for processing.  Your results will be posted on the GCMC Patient Portal, so please sign up.  If you test positive, you will be contacted right away by phone. Results can take from 48hrs to more than a week; depending on priority level and volume of tests being received. The state health department is organizing testing by priorities.  The first priority includes people who are symptomatic and those who are direct contacts as part of outbreak investigations that are being coordinated by local public health authorities.  The second priority includes health care workers in high-risk situations, staff of assisted living facilities and long-term care centers. This priority level also includes residents of group homes, institutions and other facilities.  The state health lab's guidance says "other low priority testing will be conducted as resources allow but may not be a priority."  That includes testing of individuals in the general public who are not symptomatic.

 

How do I limit my risk of exposure to COVID-19?

Wear your face mask when in public, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing (6ft apart) to help limit the spread. 

 

Should I put off my routine medical appointments because of COVID-19?

Definitely, do not delay your healthcare appointments or your annual physical because of COVID-19.  GCHD is safe, ready and open to care for you and your family.  Telehealth visits are also an option. If you prefer to remain at home or need to quarantine from others, GCHD has created a Telehealth system to connect the Philipsburg and Drummond Clinic practitioners with their patients virtually.  Call for an appointment and instructions. It is important to stay as healthy as possible during this time.

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.

Social Distancing

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.

Self Care

Eat well, get adequate rest and make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

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Granite County Hospital District was established July 1, 2009. Our mission is to deliver optimal care through commitment to excellence, quality, safety, and fiscal responsibility.

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Philipsburg, MT 59858

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