COVID Public Health Update

COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the nation, including here on the Flathead Reservation and Lake County. Tribal Health’s Public Health Department wants to provide you with information that you may need should you test positive for, or are in close contact, with someone who tests positive for COVID.

If you test POSITIVE for COVID:

  • Isolate for a minimum of 5 full days after onset of symptoms or positive test if you do not have symptoms.
    • Day 0 of isolation is the day symptoms started or the day you were tested
    • Day 1 of isolation is the first full day after symptoms started
  • Wear a mask if you must be around anyone in your home.
  • If your symptoms have resolved or have improved and you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours, you may return to work or school on day 6. IF you wear a mask at all times when around others for days 6-10.
    • *If you are unable to wear a mask at all times around others, you must remain in isolation for the full 10 days.
  • If your symptoms are not improving or you have a fever, you must remain in isolation until symptoms improve or fever resolves, or you reach 10 days from onset of symptoms.
  • If you have Moderate Illness (had shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), you need to remain in isolation through day 10.
  • If you have Severe Illness (were hospitalized or have a weakened immune system), you need to remain in isolation through day 10 and consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Regardless of when isolation is ended, you need to wear a mask through day 10.

Reporting a Positive COVID home test: CLICK HERE

  • Visit
  • Click on Blue Box labeled COVID reporting
  • Complete the Tribal Health JotForm for reporting
  • Complete the State JotForm for reporting

If you are a CSKT employee and are eligible for COVID leave, you MUST complete these forms in order to receive your COVID leave letter.

CSKT employees are eligible for 40 hours of COVID leave for calendar year 2023 and may apply for up to 20 hours of leave sharing for COVID for calendar year 2023 if they have exhausted their COVID leave.

If you have been exposed to COVID:

  • Wear a mask as soon as you find out you were exposed
  • Day 0 is the day of last exposure
  • Day 1 is first full day after last exposure
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days after last exposure

-Watch for symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

-Quarantine is not required if you do not have symptoms.

-You may continue to work or attend school, AS LONG AS you WEAR A MASK for a full 10 days after exposure and DO NOT DEVELOP SYMPTOMS.

-If symptoms develop, ISOLATE IMMEDIATELY and GET TESTED

Stay Home until you know your results

If you test positive, follow above instructions for isolation

If you test negative, continue to wear a mask through day 10

You can still develop COVID up to 10 days after last exposure

Remember to:

  • Stay Home When You Are Sick
  • Wash Your Hands Frequently
  • Cover Your Cough
  • Get Vaccinated

*Vaccinations are recommended for those 6 months and over

*Masking is not recommended for children under 2 years of age