Bozeman Health COVID-19 Preparedness
Access the Bozeman Health COVID-19 Hotline by calling any Bozeman Health hospital or clinic phone number and asking for or selecting the COVID-19 Hotline option from the phone tree.
Hotline hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bozeman Health is actively coordinating their communication, preparedness, and activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and formally activated their health system Incident Command structure on February 10, 2020. Bozeman Health's Incident Command remains active.
Bozeman Health's COVID-19 Response Team, led by Kallie Kujawa, System Director of Quality and Safety, Dr. Mark Winton (Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist), Dr. Eric Lowe (Emergency Medicine), and the Infection Prevention Specialists has prepared the health system for a possible COVID-19 pandemic, with the assistance of others in the Incident Command team.
Birgen Knoff, System Director of Clinical Practice and Emergency Operations Manager, has been partnering with the COVID-19 Response Team to continue to build a systemwide structure to coordinate entity activities as well as coordinate with the Montana State Coalition and city and county agencies, including Gallatin City-County Health Department. The many other critical members of the COVID-19 Response Team have been and will continue to be incorporated into the Incident Command structure going forward.
Formal situational reports and on-demand communication are regularly being sent to Bozeman Health employees and medical staff to keep all Bozeman Health employees and medical staff providers informed about the rapidly changing environment.
Infection Control Guidance for Preventing Transmission of Respiratory Illness
WASH YOUR HANDS
The most important way to help prevent transmission of respiratory illness is through practicing good hand hygiene.
- Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is most effective in killing viruses.
- Hand sanitizer with 40-60% alcohol is an alternative until you can wash your hands with soap and water.
COVER YOUR COUGH AND SNEEZE
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow to prevent the spread of germs.
- Throw used tissues into the garbage. Immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
STAY HOME if you are feeling ill.
- Do not go to work if you have a respiratory illness.
- Do not travel if you have a respiratory illness.
GET YOUR FLU SHOT
- Influenza symptoms are very similar to COVID-19 and the flu is more common than COVID-19. This will also help your doctor narrow the diagnosis if you were to get symptoms later.
If you need to go to the doctor for respiratory symptoms, call ahead to your primary care provider or to UrgentCare. This allows clinics and healthcare providers to properly ensure they can protect others, including those who may be in the waiting areas, health care workers, your family and friends.