FLATHEAD RESERVATION — Cases of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Tribal community, and the region. Please find the following information regarding Tribal Health COVID testing options.

COVID Testing Options

COVID Testing Clinic (classroom next to SKC clinic in Pablo)

  • Patients call Tribal Health (406-745-3525) and ask COVID testing. They will be routed to schedulers for the SKC testing clinic. 
  • SKC COVID testing clinic will increase hours September 13th. Testing hours will be 8:30 am-4 pm.
  • Priority will be given to those who are symptomatic and contact tracing.

Community Health

  • We will have home testing kits available for patients to pick up. This will include instruction and a link to a video on how to test and reporting of positive results. If patients have a positive home test, they will be educated to come back for confirmatory test and to isolate.
  • Community Health will utilize the mobile clinic for screening once staff is available. Updates will be posted on the Facebook page, as well as email. 

After Hours Testing 

  • For those times when the clinic is not available and/or after hours, Tribal Health recipients will be able to utilize testing at our outside partners. 
  • People who are direct care eligible, Tribal Health will pay for those testing services through COVID funding. 
  • Tribal Health will not pay for travel-related COVID testing. Walgreens in Polson (406-300-6042) is the nearest travel-testing approved facility.
  • St. Luke’s (Ronan) will test patients with symptoms through Convenient Care on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (406-676-3600 or after hours at 406-676-4441). 
  • St. Joe’s (Polson) will test through their walk-in clinic via appointment only, 406-883-5680. Their hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Grant Creek Walk-in Clinic, 3075 N Reserve St, Suite Q, Missoula, MT 59808 phone (406-327-1850), 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., seven days a week. This location does rapid testing and only symptomatic patients.

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, Tribal Health staff continue with contact tracing and investigations of each positive case of COVID-19 within the Tribal Health patient group. Individuals who are at risk of contracting the virus, due to exposure, are then notified in this process. The 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
  • Length of time, and directions for quarantine
  • Overview of symptoms to monitor
  • When to test for the virus (usually 5-7 days from known exposure date)
  • Where to go for testing
  • Please note, due to HIPAA regulations, the nurses cannot personally identify individuals who have contracted the virus.

Lastly, please note, unless you are identified as having been exposed, you are expected to report to your regularly scheduled work duties. 

COVID Vaccinations

The FDA has authorized the Pfizer and Moderna brands as COVID booster vaccines for people that are moderately to severely immunocompromised. 

Initially, Tribal Health patients that are immunocompromised can begin getting booster shots as of today.  

Tentatively, eligibility of COVID boosters for the general population of patients will start on September 20, 2021, (pending FDA authorization).

At this time, Tribal Health providers are identifying patients who may benefit from the additional COVID booster. If you feel you may qualify, contact your primary provider. Tribal Health currently has the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

Walk-in appointments are available at both Tribal Health Pharmacies, from 8-5:30 pm for all COVID vaccinations, including the COVID booster vaccinations. 

Please call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 ext. 5035 for more information.

More resources

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

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