Cases of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Tribal community, and the region.

 

To help stop the spread of the virus, Tribal Health staff are doing contact tracing and investigations of each positive case of COVID-19 within the Tribal Health patient group.  

 

Contact tracing is when public health and/or community health nurses try to find out any additional people who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

People are considered exposed to the virus, when they have been less than 6 feet from an infected person, for longer than 15 minutes.

 

Individuals who are at risk of catching the virus due to this exposure, are then called by the nurses on the phone.  This process of figuring out who may have been exposed, asking them to quarantine, and assessing them for symptoms is called contact tracing.  

 

The contact tracing investigations and notification process is taking Tribal Health approximately 24-48 hours.

 

At Tribal Health, Community Health nurses are leading the contact tracing work, in cooperation with Lake County Public Health nurses.

 

If you are called by a nurse as part of contact tracing, you will be provided with the following information:

 

  • Date of potential exposure
  • How long you should quarantine
  • What symptoms to watch for
  • When to test for the virus (usually 5-7 days from known exposure date)
  • Where to go for testing

 

Please note, due to HIPAA rules on privacy, nurses cannot identify individuals who are already infected with the virus.

 

Tribal Health will continue to provide COVID-19 testing to the public when possible.  Though if someone develops symptoms, they should call their primary health care provider immediately to get more directions.

 

Currently public COVID-19 testing is also available at the following sites.  As always during this pandemic, no walk-ins are offered right now.  Please call ahead for more directions.

 

  • St. Lukes Hospital

107 6th Ave SW

Ronan, MT  59864

Phone (406) 676-4441

 

  • Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

6 Thirteen Avenue East

Polson, MT 59860 

Phone (406) 883-5680

 

More resources

 

Tribal Health website

cskthealth.org

 

Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) site:  

https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographics

 

Lake County - CSKT Unified Command Center:

https://www.ucc-jic.com

 

Lake County Public Health Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Lake-County-Public-Health-Montana-346387957374/

 

Lake County Public Health website:

https://lakecountypublichealth.org

Due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 test of an employee, the Tribal Health Polson Health Center is enacting COVID protocols, and closing immediately for deep cleaning and sanitation.
 
The closure begins September 29, 2020.  
 
Community Health Nurses have been in contact with the patient and the patient's family to identify individuals who were at risk for potential exposure. Individuals identified as close contacts have been notified by Community Health.  
 
Tribal Health encourages any community members who have questions about COVID-19 to call or email the following COVID-19 Hotlines:
 
CALL: 406-849-5798 
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm 
 
or 
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
We will respond within 24 hours We can answer questions about the COVID-19 (coronavirus). We can also connect you to other resources of the CSKT and valley. For more information about the Tribal Health response to COVID-19 go to www.cskthealth.org
 
The Polson Health Center is closed today, September 29, 2020 with limited services only, including Pharmacy Curbside Service from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.
 
The Polson Health Center will reopen with normal business hours tomorrow, September 30, 2020.
 
Due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 test of an employee, the Tribal Health Polson Health Center is enacting COVID protocols, and closing immediately for deep cleaning and sanitation.
 
The closure begins September 29, 2020.  
 
Community Health Nurses have been in contact with the patient and the patient's family to identify individuals who were at risk for potential exposure. Individuals identified as close contacts have been notified by Community Health.  
 
Tribal Health encourages any community members who have questions about COVID-19 to call or email the following COVID-19 Hotlines:
 
CALL: 406-849-5798 
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm 
 
or 
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
We will respond within 24 hours We can answer questions about the COVID-19 (coronavirus). We can also connect you to other resources of the CSKT and valley. For more information about the Tribal Health response to COVID-19 go to www.cskthealth.org
 
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