Testing Options Available in Billings, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
HELENA — Montana Veterans enrolled in the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVAHCS) are eligible for free COVID-19 testing in a third round of swabbing events across Montana.
The third round of COVID-19 testing occurs under Governor Bullock’s surveillance program, which began testing asymptomatic Veterans on Thursday, June 25. Since that time, approximately 1,000 asymptomatic Veterans have come to MTVAHCS sites to be tested for COVID-19.
From July 13th through July 15th, COVID-19 testing will be available for asymptomatic Veterans in Billings, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. All swabs will be sent to the State of Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services’ (DPHHS) laboratories.
“Over the past few months, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the resiliency and leadership of Montana’s Veterans,” said MTVAHCS Executive Director Judy Hayman. “Veterans have been proactive in taking care of themselves during the pandemic and remaining in contact with their VA healthcare teams. Now, we again see their leadership with each asymptomatic COVID-19 test that is analyzed. Montana’s Veterans are making decisions to keep themselves, their families, and their community safe and well.”
Any Veteran who tests positive will be contacted by DPHHS as soon as a positive result is confirmed. Veterans who test negative for COVID-19 will not be contacted by DPHHS. The positive results will be communicated as early as two weeks or up to thirty days.
Veterans will stay in their vehicle to be tested. All visitors to a VA facility are required to wear a face covering.
The MTVAHCS serves over 47,000 enrolled Veterans across Montana—an area roughly 147,000 square miles in size. Veterans are cared for by a staff of nearly 1,200 at 17 sites of care across the state. One third of Montana VA employees are Veterans.
COVID-19 Testing Options for Veterans by Location:
Billings Drive Through COVID -19 Testing Options for Montana Veterans
Location: 1775 Spring Creek Lane, Billings
Date: July 15, 2020: 7:00 a.m. –9:00 a.m.
Helena Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Options for Montana Veterans
Location: 3687 Veterans Drive, Fort Harrison
Date: July 14, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kalispell Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Options for Montana Veterans
Location: 31 Three Mile Drive, Kalispell
- July 13, 2020: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- July 14, 2020: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Missoula Drive Through COVID 19 Testing Options for Montana Veterans
Location: 2687 Palmer Street Suite C Missoula, MT 59808-1710
Date: July 15, 2020: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.