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COVID-19 Information: Keeping YOU Informed*


The state of Montana is reporting 265 cases of COVID-19 and 6 deaths related to COVID-19.
Lincoln County, MT is currently reporting 6 cases of COVID-19.

*Information and guidelines related to COVID-19 are rapidly changing. We are doing our best to keep our page current, but may not have the most update to date information available to us at all times.

COVID-19 concerns:

If you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider. They may tell you to manage your care from home. Follow these tips: 10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home. (PDF).
If you have questions related to COVID-19, please call the Lincoln County COVID-19 hotline betwwen 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week at 293-6295.

COVID-19 Specimen Test Prices:

State Lab = $0
LabCorp = $61.57
This represents the charge for the test alone. There may be additional charges associated with your visit.

Updates

4/3/20 Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday evening that it now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas with significant community spread of COVID-19.

This recommendation is being made after recent studies show that a significant number of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms, according to the CDC.

Simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and can help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others, officials say.

The CDC says the recommended face coverings are not surgical masks or N95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that need to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
Officials went on to say that maintaining six feet of social distancing is still just as critical to slow the spread of COVID-19.
3/30/20 Update
On Monday, March 30, 2020, Lincoln County Health Department received notice that an additional individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lincoln County. The individual is a male with direct contact of a known positive. The health department is investigating for possible contacts. For patient confidentiality and individual safety, we will not be releasing location or communities of residence for any cases until there is a public health reason to do so. It would be irresponsible to say that there are safe parts of the county when we do not have the data to support that claim.
As of Monday evening, Lincoln County has five confirmed cases, with 42 lab results still pending.
Please remember, if you have not received a call from the Health Department regarding contact with a case, you are not a considered a direct contact. For questions about COVID-19 please call the Lincoln County COVID-19 Information Line at 406-293-6295.

3/29/20 Update
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, Lincoln County Health Department received notice that a fourth individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lincoln County. The individual is a male in his 20s and engaged in domestic, in-state travel. The health department is investigating for possible contacts. For patient confidentiality and individual safety, we will not be releasing location or communities of residence for any cases until there is a public health reason to do so.
As of Sunday morning, Lincoln County has four confirmed cases, with 33 lab results still pending.
Please remember, if you have not received a call from the Health Department regarding contact with a case, you are not a considered a direct contact. For questions about COVID-19 please call the Lincoln County COVID-19 Information Line at 406-293-6295.

3/27/20 Update
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Lincoln County Health Department received notice that a third individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lincoln County. After investigation, the Health Department has determined that the three cases in Lincoln County are related and exposure occurred out of state. There has been very limited contact with other Lincoln County residents and direct contacts have been notified. Unfortunately, one individual has died from the disease as Governor Bullock released Thursday evening.
As of noon, on Friday, Lincoln County has three confirmed cases, with 37 lab results still pending.
Please remember, if you have not received a call from the Health Department regarding contact with a case, you are not a considered a direct contact. For questions about COVID-19 please call the Lincoln County COVID-19 Information Line at 406-293-6295.

3/27/20 Update
Governor Steve Bullock this evening announced the first death in Montana of a COVID-19 patient.
“I’m heartbroken to learn of Montana’s first death du e to COVID-19. Especially during these times, Montana truly is one big small town – this news hits us hard, but we’re in this together. My family and I send our love and support to the family, friends, and community of our fellow Montanan.”
Local county public health officials are still in the process of contacting family members. No additional information will be provided at this time.

3/27/20 Update
In a media conference today at 4:30, Governor Bullock announced a “Shelter at Home” order beginning 12:01am on Saturday March 28 with the exception of essential activities and services. He stated that Montanans may leave their home for outdoor activities as long as they comply with social distancing.

3/26/20 Update
On Thursday, March 26, 2020, Lincoln County Health Department received notice that one additional individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lincoln County. This individual is a direct contact with a known positive case. Additional information will not be released at this time due to patient confidentiality and the safety of the individual and their family. If you have not received a call from the Health Department regarding contact with a case, you are not a considered a close contact. For questions about COVID-19 please call the Lincoln County COVID-19 Information Line at 406-293-6295.


3/25/20 Update
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Lincoln County Health Department received notice that Lincoln County has a positive test for novel coronavirus. The individual is in their 70s and engaged in domestic out-of-state travel. The health department is investigating and will be providing additional information as it is available.

3/25/20 Update
Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with the CARD Clinic and local providers have opened a central testing site for COVID-19 testing in Libby. This site is not open to the general public. At this time testing capabilities are limited by personal protective and testing equipment. A central testing site will allow the community to save resources and enhance testing abilities.
“Increasing testing allows public health to identify and track any cases” stated Dr. Brad Black, County Health Officer, “and establish any contacts to slow the spread of disease.”
Even if you have no symptoms, it is important for individuals to continue to practice social distancing by staying away from other people, avoiding unnecessary travel, and avoiding visits to public places by conducting business online or by phone.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Also call the COVID-19 Information Line at 406-293-6295 for information and inquiry about testing. If you have severe symptoms, difficulty breathing, dehydration, or extreme weakness please call your provider or seek emergency medical care.
“At this time, we have not had any positive cases”, stated Dr. Black, “but it does not mean that the disease is not in this community.”
As always, please remember to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, practice healthy cough and sneeze etiquette, and avoid sick people and those at high risk.

3/23/20 Update
Cabinet Peaks Medical Center continues to make changes to their daily operations in an effort to protect their patients, staff members, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week alone, visitation guidelines at CPMC changed and several service lines were modified to be open for urgent and emergent needs only.

Below is a list of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center updates for the public as of March 20, 2020.

• CPMC’s Emergency Department remains open, as always, to serve the emergent needs of the community, but would like to remind the community that this is not the medical place of choice for screening, testing, or treatment for COVID-19 and should only be utilized if symptoms are urgent or emergent.
• No visitors are allowed into the facility with the following exceptions: parents and legal guardians of minor patients, 1 partner or coach with a laboring patient, and special considerations for end of life patients.
• The front doors to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center will be locked daily from 6pm to 6am and will be locked on Saturdays and Sundays. Approved visitors can still enter the facility during these times by following instructions on signage in front of the medical center.
• All services are cancelled for the following departments: Senior Life Solutions, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Extend Class, and Sleep Center.
• All elective surgeries have been cancelled.
• All screening and annual appointments have been delayed or postponed for the following services: Imaging, Laboratory, Cardiopulmonary, Diabetes and Nutrition, Cabinet Peaks Clinic Family Medicine, Cabinet Peaks Clinic Bull River, Cabinet Peaks Clinic OB/GYN, and Cabinet Peaks Clinic General Surgery.
o These departments remain open for urgent and diagnostic needs.
• CPMC Chemotherapy and Infusion and Rehabilitative Services continue to evaluate their workflow to ensure patient and staff safety and will continue to see a portion of their patient population at this time. Routes to enter these departments and processes within the departments may look different. These departments will contact you directly with instructions if these changes affect you in any way.
• Laboring patients who need care must enter the building through the South door, which is located on 3rd street, and call the nurses station at 283-7170 upon arrival. A staff member will meet them at the door and accompany them to the labor and delivery suite. There are signs at the door with instructions to call.
• All group activities, classes, and support groups taking place on Cabinet Peaks Medical Center’s campus have cancelled at this time.
• The CPMC Annual Health Fair has been cancelled.
“In addition to these changes, CPMC has activated its Incident Command System and is working diligently to prepare its staff for what could be an influx of COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress to our facility,” stated Kate Stephens, Public Information Officer for Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. “We have finalized operational plans for over 20 of our departments and are working on finishing the final few department plans in the next couple of days. Our team has worked around the clock to ensure our patient rooms air exchange flow exceeds CDC guidelines for this particular virus; negative pressure rooms and ante-rooms are functioning properly; that we have the proper CDC approved cleaning products specific to COVID-19 in supply in large quantities; and that we are doing everything we can to preserve the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we have on hand and everything we can to get more PPE here to us in Lincoln County amidst a global shortage. As I’ve stated before, we don’t know how the illness will unfold in Lincoln County, but we are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can, and working around the clock to be as prepared as we possibly can.”

“We would like to remind everyone that if they have any questions regarding COVID-19, the best thing to do is call the Lincoln County COVID-19 hotline at 293-6295 or the State of MT COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-333-0461. These numbers are manned with people who are prepared to answer questions about the virus or what to do if you have symptoms.”

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center would also ask that the community not call their Emergency Department to ask questions related to COVID-19. “Our staff and providers in the Emergency Department are very busy caring for patients who are in need of their skilled services as medical providers. If you are having an emergency, please call 911 or come directly to the emergency room,” added Stephens.

3/20/20 Update
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR STATE OF MONTANA
TO: Montanans; all officers and agencies of the State of Montana FROM: Governor Steve Bullock DATE: March 20, 2020 RE: Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 and providing for measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 via food and beverage services or casinos
Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.
Section 10-3-104, MCA, provides emergency powers to the Governor to “control ingress and egress to and from an incident or emergency or disaster area, the movement of persons within the area, and the occupancy of premises within the area.” Moreover, pursuant to § 50-1-202, MCA, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, at the direction of the Governor, may issue orders to correct conditions of public health importance.
To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, it is necessary immediately to prohibit any number of people from congregating in public venues for purposes of public food or beverage service and other activities that pose an enhanced risk, in order to limit opportunities for disease exposure and transmission in the state.
In accordance with the authority vested in me under the Constitution, Article VI, Sections 4 and 13, and the laws of the State of Montana, Title 10, Chapter 3 and Title 50, Chapter 1, MCA, and other applicable provisions of the Constitution and Montana Law, I hereby direct the following measures be in place in the State of Montana effective as of 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020:
• The following places are closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public:
Restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, and other similar establishments offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption.
Alcoholic beverage service businesses, including bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
Cigar bars.
Health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, pools and hot springs, indoor facilities at ski areas, climbing gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreational facilities.
Movie and performance theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, bowling alleys, bingo halls, and music halls.
Casinos.
• The places subject to this Directive are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Customers may order and pay by telephone or online from a retailer or manufacturer licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in the State of Montana. A retailer or manufacturer licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in the state of Montana may deliver for sale the alcoholic beverages for which it is licensed. Delivery must be conducted by the licensee’s employees over the age of 21 and age of the purchaser and recipient must be verified at the time of delivery. The purchased alcohol must be hand-delivered to the purchaser.
In offering food or beverage, a place subject to this section may permit up to five members of the public at one time inside for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders, so long as those individuals are at least six feet apart from one another while on premises.
• The restrictions imposed by this order do not apply to any of the following:
Establishments that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption, including grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and food pantries, other than those portions of the establishments restricted above.
Room service in hotels.
Health care facilities, residential care facilities, university dining facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.
Crisis shelters or similar institutions. o Airport concessionaires.
Military dining facilities or military food operations.
Any facilities necessary for the response to the emergency, including schools providing necessary meal services to children.
All of the above-named facilities and establishments should adopt appropriate social distancing practices to avoid the spread of disease, to the extent practicable.
• Consistent with the above, strict compliance with §§ 16-3-101, -219, -243, and -418, MCA, and other applicable laws are waived pursuant to § 10-3-104, MCA and other applicable provisions of law.
• In the interest of uniformity of laws and to prevent the spread of disease, all inconsistent emergency county health ordinances are preempted by this Directive, but only to the extent they are less restrictive. Counties may adopt more restrictive ordinances.
Authorities: Section 10-3-104, MCA; §§ 50-1-202, -203, and -204, MCA; Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020; Montana Constitution, Art. VI, Sections 4 and 13; §§ 10-3-103, -302, and -305, MCA; and all other applicable provisions of state and federal law.
Limitations • This Directive is effective at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020 and expires at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020, though it may be extended by a further Directive. • This Directive shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. • This Directive is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the State of Montana, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person

3/17/20 Update

MISSION CRITICAL SERVICES

In an effort to protect our patients and our staff, Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is moving forward with mission critical services only. The following changes will take place March 18, 2020.
The front door of the hospital will be locked from 6:00pm until 6:00am daily.
All services are cancelled for the following departments:
Senior Life Solutions
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Extend Class
Sleep Center (beginning 3/19/20)
Elective Surgeries
***The surgery department will remain on standby for any urgent or emergent cases.
Limited services will be available for in the following departments*:
Imaging
Laboratory
Cardiopulmonary
Cabinet Peaks Family Medicine
Cabinet Peaks Clinic Bull River
Cabinet Peaks Clinic OB/GYN
Cabinet Peaks Clinic General Surgery
**All screening or annual appointments for these services will be delayed or postponed at this time.
**Your clinic or the specific department will contact patients that this will involve.
**Our clinics will make every effort to limit disruption to patient's prescriptions by extending prescriptions and are asking patients to call their provider's office.
The following departments are evaluating their workflow to ensure patient and staff safety but will continue to see a portion of their patient population:
Rehabilitative Services
Diabetes/Nutrition
Chemotherapy/Infusion

3/17/20 Update

Guidance Highlights for Events and Mass Gatherings

NEW: Updated guidance now includes considerations about when to cancel an event
When there is no spread of COVID-19 in the community:
• Encourage staff and attendees to stay home if sick.
• Develop flexible refund policies for attendees.
• Provide supplies that can be used to help prevent the spread of germs.
• Consult local public health officials about your event.
• Review considerations on when to cancel an event.
If there is minimal or moderate spread of icon in your community:
• Cancel events for groups of 250 people or more.
o 3/16/20 UPDATE: During the next 15 days, all U.S. events of 10+ people should be cancelled or held virtually.
 More Information on Mass Gatherings
 Read the White House notice of iconexternal icon
• For organizations that serve people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness, cancel events for groups of 10 people or more.
If there is substantial spread of icon in your community:
• Cancel events of any size.

3/16/20 Evening Update

CPMC VISITOR RESTRICTIONS BEGIN TUESDAY MORNING

We are expanding visitor restrictions to protect the health and safety of our patients, families, and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Effective Monday, March 17,2020 at 7am, CPMC will not allow visitors with the following exceptions:
1 visitor for laboring patients
parents/guardians for our pediatric patients
special considerations for end of life care
Additionally, the River Rock Cafe and the CPMC gift shop will be closed to the public. Any volunteer or chaplain services will also be suspended until further notice.
Stay tuned for a notice regarding other services at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center.

3/16/20 Update

CPMC CONTINUES TO PREPARE FOR COVID-19

Libby, MT- Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is working diligently to ensure their preparedness for the possibility of a COVID-19 case or outbreak in southwest Lincoln County.
Kate Stephens, Public Information Officer for CPMC stated, "We are working extremely closely with Lincoln County Public Health and are active members of the Lincoln County COVID-19 Task Force for preparedness, not only for the medical center, but for the entire county. Additionally, we continue to follow all guidelines from public health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that we are as prepared as possible with the appropriate plans for the detection and treatment of COVID-19, as well as for the safety of our healthcare workers and the rest of the staff that works here at Cabinet Peaks."
As part of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center's plan and current actions for COVID-19, below is a list of measures they have and are taking:
• CPMC has an internal COVID-19 task force that has been, and continues to, work diligently to keep up with current CDC regulations and guidelines, as well as work on a plan for the possible influx of COVID-19 patients to the facility.
• CPMC has hand hygiene stations and products easily accessible throughout the facility.
• CPMC is screening all patients in the emergency department, inpatients, and all outpatient clinics routinely based on CDC guidelines.
• Patients with any respiratory illness, or with possible COVID-19, are immediately provided a mask to wear in the facility to help prevent exposure to others.
• CPMC staff treating potential COVID-19 patients are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment to help prevent exposure.
• Should CPMC identify a potential COVID-19 case, all CDC guidelines will be followed for placing the patient in isolation for their care and the protection of CPMC staff, other patients, and visitors to the medical center.
• CPMC has ensured facility capabilities and function for isolation rooms and parameters for COVID-19 patients as per CDC guidelines.
• CPMC has implemented temporary visitor restrictions and continues to evaluate the level of restriction being placed on all visitors to the facility.
o At this time, restriction is only to visitors with respiratory symptoms. Continue to check the medical center's Facebook page and website for updates to the visitation restrictions.
• CPMC is working to initiate changes in River Rock Café to help prevent the spread of disease, including changes to self-service stations, as well as salad and yogurt bars.
• CPMC has halted all out of state business travel for employees until further notice, and continues to monitor the need to extending that to in state travel as well.
"We don't know how the illness will unfold in Lincoln County," continued Stephens. "But we are doing everything we can and working around the clock to be as prepared as we possibly can be. However, it is important to remind the community that our number one defense is prevention! To help prevent the spread of any infection, especially respiratory illness such as COVID-19, stay home when you are sick; wash your hands; practice respiratory etiquette including coughing and sneezing into a napkin or tissue; and avoid close contact with people who are sick. I know people are tired of hearing us say wash your hands, but it really can't be said enough right now!"
The medical center also emphasized that the emergency department is not the treatment place of choice for COVID-19 and should only be utilized if symptoms are urgent or emergent. If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms, it is best to stay home and call public health (283-2465) or your primary care provider to be triaged over the phone.
If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please call public health at 283-2465. If you have any questions related to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center, please call 283-7000.

3/14/20 Update

WHAT IF I GET SICK?

With COVID-19 officially in the state of Montana, this is a great time to remind everyone of the symptoms of the disease, and of what to do if you feel sick.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of Breath
Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Remember to STAY HOME and CALL public health, or your healthcare provider directly if you experience any of these symptoms. It is best for our local healthcare providers to triage you over the phone. The number for Lincoln County Public Health is 283-2465.
Lincoln County and the state of Montana are still experiencing many respiratory illnesses other than COVID-19, such as influenza, and it is very possible that you are sick with a virus or bug other than COVID-19. If your symptoms are mild, it is best to stay home (away from work, school, or other public places) and manage your illness there to reduce exposure of any virus to healthcare workers and others in the community.
Additionally, the Emergency Department is not the treatment place of choice for COVID-19, and should not be utilized unless your symptoms become severe or emergent.
For more information, contact the Lincoln County Health Department at 283-2465.


3/11/20 Update

LINCOLN COUNTY CREATES COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Lincoln County has come together to develop a COVID-19 task force with multiple key organizations. Participating members currently include Libby, Troy and Eureka public schools; Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and Clinics; Northwest CHC; local emergency services; Eureka Health; Libby Clinic; Libby Care Center; Lincoln County Sheriff's Office; and Emergency Management Agency. The COVID-19 Task Force is meeting regularly and working together to enhance community readiness and develop regular public information regarding COVID-19.
At this time most people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. COVID-19 is not currently spreading widely in the US; however, this is a rapidly evolving situation. There are currently no known cases in Montana.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also thought to be spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
It is suspected that people are most contagious when they are the most symptomatic. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
If you have traveled to a country with an outbreak of COVID-19, stay home (away from work and school) for 14 days avoiding contact with other people, monitor your health by taking your temperature with a thermometer two times per day, and watch for other symptoms such as shortness of breath and cough. If you develop symptoms, first call your doctor or the health department before seeking medical attention. Countries with widespread, ongoing transmission include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
To lower your risk of contracting COVID-19, or any respiratory illness, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19.
Please call the health department, 406-283-2465, if have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing. The Task Force is closely monitoring the situation and will update the community as things change.


3/9/20 Update

HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

Reminders to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases live COVID-19.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


3/6/20 Update

CORONOVIRUS (COVID-19): WHAT IS IT?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It is a respiratory illness that can be spread from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (Within approximately 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also thought to be spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects.
While the virus does not discriminate and can affect anybody, it is important to note that the vast majority of COVID-19 infections around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

RiSK

At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness in our area. Our current concern is the number of severe illness related to influenza that are impacting our county at this time. Presently the risk of COVID-19 remains low in Lincoln County. We are aware of the identified cases to our west in Washington State, and the situation is being monitored frequently. Again, an infection in the general population would usually produce a mild to moderate illness; those with underlying health conditions would be at an increased risk for more severe illness related to COVID-19.

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY FAMILY?

We don't know how the illness will unfold in Lincoln County. To help prevent the spread of any infection, especially respiratory illness such as COVID-19:
·Stay home when you are sick.
·Wash your hands.
·Practice respiratory etiquette including coughing and sneezing into a napkin or tissue.
·Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
There are no current recommendations for healthy people to wear masks to help prevent the spread of this or other respiratory diseases.

TRAVEL

Travel to certain areas may increase your likelihood for coming into contact with somebody who is ill. For more information see:
·Center for Disease Control Travel Information: COVID-19
·
World Health Organization Travel Information: COVID-19

WHAT TO DO IF I DEVELOP SYMPTOMS?

In most cases, the symptoms can be managed from home. This includes:
·Controlling your fever
·Staying hydrated
·Getting plenty of rest
·Staying home from work/school and away from the general public
If your symptoms become severe and you are having difficulty breathing or are unable to manage your fever you should seek medical attention.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19.
Contact the health department if you feel you have acquired or been exposed to COVID-19
TESTING
Although we do not currently have testing in-house at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center or in Lincoln County, we will be coordinating any necessary testing for COVID-19 through the CDC and the state health department. This may change in the future as testing sites are being determined by the CDC. There is no need to travel out of the area should you require testing.

CABINET PEAKS MEDICAL CENTER: WHAT ARE WE DOING?

CPMC completed a risk assessment for COVID-19 on January 26, 2020 and has developed an action plan based on the findings of that assessment.
We are educating our staff on how to identify a person who may have been exposed to COVID-19, as well as how to protect themselves and other patients should the need arise. We are coordinating with the local health department and following updates from the CDC as well as other health departments within surrounding areas. We are monitoring supply chain for needed medical equipment and providing guidance to our staff on how to optimize and conserve supplies.
We continue to actively monitor the situation both world-wide and locally.

WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION:

·Lincoln County, MT Health Department
·
Montana Department of Health and Human Services
·
Center for Disease Control
·
World Health Organization

*Information and guidelines related to COVID-19 are rapidly changing. We are doing our best to keep our page current, but may not have the most update to date information available to us at all times.