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Bozeman Health COVID-19 Information

Safety Precautions

Bozeman Health remains committed to the health and well-being of our community and our workforce.

Bozeman Health primary care and specialty medicine providers are available to care for you. Telehealth visits remain available for patients unless an in-person visit is needed. Should an in-person visit be needed, the following precautions remain in effect:

  • limited open entrances
  • heightened visitor restrictions
  • entrance screening for temperature, respiratory symptoms, and purpose of your visit
  • requirement for employees, patients, and visitors to wear a mask or cloth face covering and to have their mask in place prior to entering a Bozeman Health care site. Masks must be kept on except when eating.

You are encouraged to contact your provider with any questions or to seek medical care. Call 911 for an emergency and if you have signs and symptoms of stroke or heart attack. Precautions have been implemented to help keep you safe. Please don’t delay care, as we are here to ensure your health needs are met.

Visitor Restrictions in Effect

  • No visitors are currently allowed at Bozeman Health care sites except in the following situations:

    • One visitor is allowed for:
      • a patient facing end of life
      • a pediatric patient (two visitors allowed)
      • a patient in a behavioral situation or needing emotional support
      • accompanying a patient for an obstetric admission or obstetric ultrasound
  • Any allowed visitors are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times they are inside a Bozeman Health hospital or care site.

  • Each unit manager or their designee has the discretion to limit or extend visitation based on clinical considerations.

Visitors that are permitted at a Bozeman Health care site will be required to go through an entrance screening, and asked to thoroughly wash their hands or use alcohol sanitizer before and after leaving a patient room, exam room, or any health care location.

Bozeman Health’s patient care philosophy remains the same – we recognize the many benefits of engaging families and friends in the healing process. To facilitate that engagement, we encourage family and friends to communicate with their loved one via telephone or utilize virtual communication methods such as FaceTime or Zoom when able.

Know that it is our honor to care for every patient that needs medical attention and we appreciate everyone following these measures that help keep our staff and our patients safe.

Open Entrances at Bozeman Health

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital:

  • Entrance 1 is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitors only.
  • Entrance 3 is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Entrance 5, Entrance 7, and the Emergency Department entrance are open for patients, staff, and visitors daily.

Big Sky Medical Center: main entrance is open.

Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare: main entrance is open.

b2 UrgentCare Main Street and b2 MicroCare: main entrances are open.

Hillcrest Senior Living: main entrances are open.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 tests are available at the following Bozeman Health care sites. Provider order for travel/return to work testing is required. We recommend getting your travel test 48 to 72 hours before your flight or travel plans. As of September 3, 2021, due to demand, individuals should expect up to at least 72 hours for COVID-19 test results.

Test results are easily accessed via your MyChart account or MyChart app. If you do not have a MyChart account, one of our team members can assist you when you arrive at one of our care sites for your travel test.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their primary care provider's office or go to:

  • b2 UrgentCare Main Street
  • Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare
  • b2 MicroCare
  • Big Sky Medical Center drive-thru

Patients that have been exposed to COVID-19, yet do not have symptoms:

  • b2 UrgentCare Main Street
  • Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare
  • b2 MicroCare
  • Big Sky Medical Center Drive-Thru

For persons that need a COVID-19 test for travel or return to work, please see the Travel Testing section for full details.

For patients with an upcoming surgery/procedure, they will need to be directed to Deaconess Hospital entrance 3 to the outpatient lab for their COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to their surgery/procedure.

COVID-19 Testing Prices

In accordance with the CARES act, Bozeman Health's charges for COVID-19 testing and specimen collect is as follows through October 31, 2021:

  • COVID-19 Test $175.00
  • COVID-19 Antibody Test $100.00
  • COVID-19 Rapid Molecular Test $250.00
  • COVID-19 Vaccine administration--currently no charge.

Other tests and screening may be ordered and provided at the same time of service, which will affect a total bill for this service.

The cost of COVID-19 testing (including antibody testing) will be submitted to your health insurance, which we will verify when we register you. If you do not have health insurance, COVID-19 testing and specimen collection it may be billed to HRSA (Health Resource and Service Administration- funds available under the CAREs act) or State covered testing programs on your behalf.

If you prefer to utilize the pay now option and not use insurance, the cash rate for the COVID-19 test is $150.00 and the COVID-19 Rapid Molecular Test is $230.00, which will be collected at the time of service. The pay now cash rate for a COVID-19 antibody test is $75.00.

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.

CALL AHEAD

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.

Public and Global Health Information

Gallatin City-County Health Department is the best resource for local, public health information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

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