Public Health

Name Title Phone Email
Debbie Lang Public Health Director  (406) 827-6925 (office) or

(406) 546-4965 (cell)
Lisa Richmond Program Assistant/WIC Aide (406) 827-6931
Karren McKinzie Public Health Preparedness

Tobacco Prevention Specialist

(406) 827-6901

The mission of the Sanders County Health Department is to protect, improve, and preserve the health and well being of the citizens of Sanders County.



Sanders County is assisting the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Epidemiological Program with an outbreak of Campylobacter cases within the county.

Data indicate the outbreak is attributed to consumption of water from the Kennedy Creek watering point south of Paradise.

Multiple individuals have tested positive for Campylobacter infection after consuming water from this source.

Cases have reported diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and fever after drinking water from this source.

The public is reminded that the Kennedy Creek watering point is not a spring. The source of this water is surface water that flows both above and below ground. It is open to contamination from humans, animals, insects, and other forms of contamination typical of surface water.

Sanders County advises against consuming water from the Kennedy Creek watering point on Highway 200 south of Paradise. This watering point is not considered to be a safe source of drinking water.

Kennedy Creek Campylobacter Outbreak PSA 6-8-22

Kennedy Creek Campylobacter Outbreak PSA 6/7/2022


Contact the Health Department for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic schedule (406)827-6931

*A parent or legal guardian MUST accompany children at the clinic*

Sanders County Public Health Department has available to the public COVID-19 home test kits. Please call the Health Department with any questions

Please note there will not be Vaccine Clinics on observed holidays (CLICK to see list of holidays)

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Be cautious! To protect yourself and others, please follow the following simple measures:

Social distance. Maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and others. If you are in a situation where you cannot do so, please wear a non-medical/non-surgical mask. (Social distancing is a strategy to lower the pace and spread of COVID-19 and reduce the acute impact on our health care system).
     This article and animation explain the concept of social distancing.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do this each time you use the restroom, and before you eat.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue.

Avoid contact with sick people when possible.

Stay home if you’re sick. If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please CALL your healthcare provider.

Mesothelioma cancer patients, and patients with thoracic malignancies, are at an especially high risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Most of these patients are our senior citizens, who are also at high risk of developing complications from the virus.
Please take a look at our mesothelioma resource, and our coronavirus and cancer guide:


Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force —

COVID-19 Nurse Hotline — Clark Fork Valley Hospital COVID-19 Resource page



WIC Offices are Currently Closed to the Public

Please contact us using one of the options below.


Office phone: 406-827-6931

Fax: 406-827-6988

Mail: P.O. Box 519, Thompson Falls, MT 59873

State Office Helpline: 1-800-433-4298


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