COVID-19 is serious, Montana. There is no cure. Our state is now re-opening in phases. Let’s stay the course, don’t stop taking the steps needed to prevent the virus from spreading. All the sacrifices Montanans are making are working, as we’ve initially flattened the curve. Let’s keep our families and communities healthy and give healthcare workers the ability to safely treat all patients.

Together, let’s stop the spread and save lives.


PSA: 30  "Stay the Course" feat. actor Jeff Bridges


  COVID-19 in Montana: How do I stay healthy and safe?  

People can spread the virus even if they don’t have symptoms.


How you can protect yourself and stop the spread:

  • Stay home when you can.

  • If you go out, stay 6 feet away from others.

  • Wear a non-medical cloth mask or face covering in public settings.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20   seconds every time, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your nose and face.

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

  • Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

  • MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to Montana guidelines regarding quarantine.


  COVID-19 in Montana: What should I do if I feel sick?  

COVID-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs and airways.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater) 

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath (trouble breathing)

  • Sore throat

Some patients also report:

  • Loss of a sense of taste or smell

  • Feeling achy 

  • Headache

  • Diarrhea

If you have any of these symptoms, and they are not due to a pre-existing health condition, you may have COVID-19 and you should isolate yourself at home immediately and call your Doctor or healthcare provider.

If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 911.

Click here below for a COVID-19 screening tool that can help understand what your symptoms mean and what to do next:


  COVID-19 in Montana: How do I get tested?  

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.

There are two types of tests:


1) The YES/NO test

  • This is a nasal swab test, it takes about 10 seconds and is not painful and determines if you have COVID-19 or NOT.

  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. They may not need to be tested.

  • CDC has guidance for who should be tested, but decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.


How to get tested

COVID-19 testing differs by location. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your medical provider first. You can also visit your hospital’s website, or state or local health department’s website for the latest information on testing in your area.


What to do after you are tested

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, know what protective steps to take If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone.

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your specimen was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later.

2) The Antibody (Serology) Test

This test is done with blood samples to look for evidence of the body’s immune response to the virus. As of late April 2020, immunity testing is still a work in progress, in terms of the reliability of the testing itself, and understanding what “immunity” means as it relates to COVID-19.  


  COVID-19 in Montana: How can I help others?  

Check in on older Montanans

Volunteer in your community

Donate Blood

Support a non-profit


  COVID-19: Fast Facts  

Stop the spread of rumors, know the facts about Coronavirus disease 2019.


This website is supported by funding from the  

Montana Hospital Association and

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

2625 Winne Avenue, Helena, MT 59601 

Tel: (406) 442-1911



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