Local COVID-19 Vaccination Information!!!!!!!
Happy New Year everyone. Having these most recent updates focusing on our COVID -19 vaccines is a wonderfully hopeful way to begin 2021. Like all things COVID, this process will evolve with time as vaccine supplies and data on efficacy and safety continue to develop. As many of you know, reports from the original vaccine study participants (many thousands) and those most recently vaccinated (millions) continue to be very positive. In the last few weeks, we have finally seen decreased Montana COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations. Sadly, Montana has reached over 1000 deaths from COVID-19. Please consider getting vaccinated when your phase is called (which will be explained below.) To give some relief for our still full hospitals, I am hoping that the prevalence of infections continues to become more manageable. With more of our population becoming protected, and seemingly decreasing case counts, this is a crucial time to double down on the mitigation measures (distancing, masking and hygiene) shown to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As we have already seen, less people ill from this virus also translates to a better business environment. Let’s begin the new year hopeful that these vaccinations and everyone’s continued hard work will finally bring a much-needed reprieve from this illness.
Below is an updated, brief summary of the Carbon County COVID-19 vaccination rollout. We are following MT DPHHS criteria for allocation of vaccines consistent with guidance from the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP.) Vaccination schedules depend on state vaccine availability, critical infrastructure groups, and those most at risk for severe disease from COVID-19.
- Phase 1A -Frontline Healthcare Workers, Long Term Care staff and residents – vaccinations almost complete!
- Phase 1B – age 70 years and older, American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications, and persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Click here for a list of qualifying medical conditions.
- Phase 1C -Frontline Essential Workers, persons 60 years and older, individuals residing in congregate care and correctional facilities, and persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not listed in phase 1B. Click here for the list of those medical conditions.
- Phase 2 – everyone else over 16 yrs. of age.
Please remember that vaccinations are still limited and Carbon Alert will update when the specific dates of each phase will begin. We appreciate your patience!!!
Carbon County Public Health has developed a public survey that you can fill out to express your interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available. This survey will gather contact information and will allow Public Health to contact those interested when they are ready to schedule them.
Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C27SG8P to complete the survey.
Bill George MD, Carbon County Public Health Officer
Other helpful links :
CDC/MT DPHHS Phased COVID-19 Vaccine distribution and other info:
CDC guidance for people at increased risk:
COVID-19 Testing in Carbon County
Want to know how to get tested for COVID-19 locally? Below is a list of facilities in Carbon County and what their options are…
Mountainview Family Medicine in Red Lodge offers PCR testing for symptomatic patients by appointment with a provider, which can be in-person or virtual. Testing for individuals with no symptoms is not offered at this time. Please call 406-446-3800 to make an appointment.
RiverStone Health Clinics in Bridger and Joliet offer COVID-19 testing through appointment only. They have the options of PCR and rapid antigen testing, both requiring a provider visit. Asymptomatic testing is only available to those who are in close contact or required for work.
Below is the contact information for the RiverStone Clinics in Carbon County:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm.
Tuesdays and Fridays 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm.
Beartooth Billings Clinic Red Lodge, offers COVID-19 testing to those who are symptomatic, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Beartooth offers drive-through PCR testing; in-person rapid testing is offered with a provider visit. If experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call 406-446-2345 to speak with a nurse who prescreens to determine if a provider visit is needed or drive-through testing is appropriate, and will schedule a time for testing to be completed. Beartooth Billings Clinic does not provide testing to asymptomatic individuals.
Testing options and availability are subject to change. Calling your testing center to confirm is recommended.
At this time, if Public Health refers the individual to get tested due to a positive contact, Carbon County Public Health will provide results.