February 9, 2022

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.  For more information visit

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







You’ve been Diagnosed with COVID-19 Illness

Sanders County Public Health works with those who test positive for the COVID-19 Virus. The infographic above explains the isolation and quarantine process.


Vaccinations for COVID-19 are underway in Sanders County. Both Clark Fork Valley Hospital and Sanders County Public Health are administering vaccines.

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

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


Clark Fork Valley Hospital continues to take names of interested persons from its survey of interest at or the CFVH Facebook page. CFVH encourages the use of the survey, but people may also call Plains Family Medicine office – 406-826-4810, and to ask for an appointment time. Vaccination clinics are by appointment only on Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Pfizer C19 Vaccinations for Minors Under 18

The FDA has authorized use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for minors age 5 – 17.

CFVH has developed a waiting list for minors under the age of 18 who are ready to get the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination with the consent of a parent/guardian.

If your child is immunocompromised or you need more information on children and Covid-19 vaccinations, please consult with your primary healthcare provider.

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines include a 2-dose primary series of the age-appropriate product spaced 21 days apart. Additionally,

                • Moderately or severely immunocompromised people 12 years of age and older should receive an additional primary dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least 28 days after the 2-dose primary series.
                • Children ages 12-17 can get a booster dose 5 months after primary series.

If you are interested in scheduling your child for a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination, please complete the CFVH Pfizer C19 Vaccination Survey for Minors Under 18.

Pfizer Vaccines for adults 18+ are not offered at CFVH. We are currently only offering Moderna for adults.


Here is a helpful “do’s” and “don’ts” description on mask wearing:STAY SAFE, SANDERS COUNTY!!

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. Use of hand sanitizers is encouraged during times when soap and running water for hand washing isn’t available. However, it’s been advised not to use products manufactured by the company Eskbiochem. For more, please read here:

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. Or,  you can call the Clark Fork Valley Hospital Nurses Hotline, 826-4889. It is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need help on other days and hours, call the Clark Fork Valley Hospital Emergency Department, 826-4875.


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:





CDC Resources on Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19

Montana Healthcare Mutual Aid system— Healthcare Professionals

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

Sanders County Food & Beverages Services — COVID-19 Information Requirements  — References for Factual InformationMental Health America COVID-19 – Montana Response to COVID-19 — Montana Governor’s Task Force and access to factual information — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— Coronavirus (COVID-19)