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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 Permissions

While we continue to take the necessary measures to protect everyone from COVID-19 infection and transmission, we understand the strain for both patients and their families when loved ones cannot visit while a patient is in the hospital. As of Monday, December 20, 2021, the following visitor permissions are in effect:

  • One visitor is permitted per patient in any care area, inpatient or outpatient
  • Two visitors are permitted for pediatric patients
  • Delivery personnel may deliver flowers, food, and belongings directly to the department’s nurse station or front office staff
  • Spiritual leaders or clergy may visit in addition to a patient’s designated visitor limit
  • All visitors must comply with Bozeman Health PPE expectations or they will be asked to leave the premises

In alignment with our values, Bozeman Health employees remain committed to assume positive intent and may respectfully remind people to wear PPE appropriately, extending kindness and compassion in all situations. We appreciate your understanding.

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. We recommend getting your travel test 48 to 72 hours before your flight or travel plans. 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. Contact our COVID-19 hotline at 406-414-2619 with testing questions. The COVID-19 hotline is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms and/or exposure can go to:

  • Deaconess Hospital Lot H, open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who arrive at or after 2 p.m. may be asked to return the next day.
  • b2 UrgentCare Main Street, open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Belgrade Clinic Drive-up, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • b2 MicroCare, open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Testing at Big Sky Medical Center

Testing at Big Sky Medical Center is available every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. via appointment only . Call 406-995-6995 and follow the prompts for a provider order and to schedule your testing appointment. When you arrive for your testing appointment, park in the main front parking lot, call 406-995-6995 and our team will direct you accordingly.

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 (order from primary care provider is required)
  • 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 (order from primary care provider is required).

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

If you have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, there may be treatment options available for you.

Bozeman Health offers monoclonal antibody infusion to help patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at risk of developing a severe case of the illness. Early clinical trials have shown that this treatment may reduce the need for hospitalization and severe illness. Please note that for this treatment to be impactful, it must be given within 10 days of developing COVID-19 symptoms or as soon as diagnosed.

Due to the changing nature of coronavirus variants and the extremely limited supply of monoclonal antibody, the eligibility for monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID infection is changing rapidly. If you have COVID virus infection, after reviewing your health history your provider will discuss with you whether current guidelines indicate monoclonal antibody therapy is appropriate for you.

Monoclonal antibody treatment is administered in the emergency department annex at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital.

What is monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19?

Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins designed to mimic the body’s ability to fight off viruses and pathogens. Monoclonal antibodies are mass-produced in a laboratory and are designed to recognize a specific component of this virus — the spike protein on its outer shell. By targeting the spike protein, these specific antibodies interfere with the virus' ability to attach and gain entry into human cells. They give the immune system a leg up until it can mount its own response.

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 has received emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an investigational medicine used for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at high-risk of developing severe illness

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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