Questions for General Health and Testing

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, 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.

Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. 

Who should I call for information about testing for COVID-19? 

You can call the Montana COVID-19 Hotline at 888-333-0461 and/or reach out to your local health care provider. 

You can also contact your local county or tribal public health office for additional information and support. To find your local county or tribal public health office, click HERE.

Are there cases in Montana?

There are confirmed cases in Montana.

How do I protect my family and myself?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds     

Is there reason to panic?

No. It’s important to be vigilant and practice good hygiene.

Should older adults take extra precautions?

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Please watch the CDC’s video for guidance. 

Grocery Shopping Tips:

For best practices when shopping for food during the COVID-19 pandemic, click HERE.

For additional information on the coronavirus, please visit the CDC’s website