Testing and Health Concerns Information and Links

Missoula County incident response

For the specific information on the current COVID-19 situation in Missoula County, go to missoula.co/cvirus. If you don't find the information you need there, call 406-258-INFO from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Cloth face coverings

To protect employees working for essential businesses that come in contact with the public, and to protect the public, the Missoula City-County Board of Health strongly recommends that all members of the public and all employees and volunteers serving the public wear a cloth face covering that fully covers the mouth and nose whenever they are out in public and unable to social distance. An example of such situations is working or shopping in essential businesses. The board is hopeful that the community embraces this recommendation and that an order requiring such use of cloth face coverings can be avoided. The board recognizes that some individuals, due to age and ability, may not be able to wear or tolerate wearing a cloth face covering.

Cloth face covering recommendation and resources

Testing and screening resources

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, chills or new loss of taste or smell, contact one of the focused testing and screening centers below.

Providers at these locations screen for symptoms and rule out other respiratory ailments, and will test at their discretion. Providers follow all appropriate CDC, state and local guidelines. Some providers may also offer asymptomatic testing with varying criteria. Patients should follow instructions from providers regardless of whether a test was done result outcomes, as this does not change the patient’s course of treatment.

WATCH: Dr. Rob Stenger, physician member of the Board of Health, on the continued importance of testing

Testing and screening sites

  • Missoula Testing Center
    Missoula County Fairgrounds
    1101 South Ave. W.
    *All tests are free and by appointment only.*
    Call 406-258-INFO and select option 2 to speak to a nurse.
  • Mobile Testing Clinic
    Tuesdays: Clinton, Seeley Lake
    Thursdays: Frenchtown, Lolo
    *All tests are free and by appointment only.*
    Call 406-258-INFO the day before and select option 2 to speak to a nurse.
  • Community FirstCare, North Reserve
    2230 N. Reserve St., Suite 402
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Check-in online: communityfirstcare.com
    NOTE: The FirstCare Clinic bills for an office visit. The clinic bills all insurance including Medicare/Medicaid. Patron is responsible for what is not covered.

  • Providence Grant Creek Walk-In Clinic
    3075 N. Reserve St., Suite Q
    Hours 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    If the patient is experiencing symptoms, please call in advance: 406-327-1750.
    NOTE: The Grant Creek Walk-In Clinic bills for an office visit. The clinic bills all insurance including Medicare/Medicaid. Patron is responsible for what is not covered.
  • Cost Care
    3031 Russell Street
    Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday
    If the patient is experiencing symptoms, please call in advance: 406-728-5841
    If it's the weekend and the patient is experiencing symptoms, please call the Mullan location at 406-541-3046
    NOTE: Cost Care bills for the visit and the test. The clinic bills insurance, including Medicaid/Healthy Montana Kids, but they do not accept Medicare. Patrons are responsible for what insurance doesn't cover.
  • Curry Health Center
    University of Montana students
    634 Eddy Ave.
    Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
    Please call in advance: 406-243-212

  • Community Medical Center Call Line
    Call the complimentary 24/7 Nurse on Call for symptom evaluation, 406-327-4770. Patients with symptoms should call in advance of visiting the hospital or any clinic.

  • Partnership Health Center
    Patients with symptoms should call the main line at 406-258-4789 before visiting a PHC site.

  • Providence Clinics
    Call your primary care clinic for symptom evaluation. After hours/weekends, call the main clinic number or 1-855-PMG-TEAM (1-855-764-8326) for nurse on call.

  • Virtual Public Screening
    Providence ExpressCare Virtual website: https://virtual.providence.org/

Telehealth options

Missoula County residents experiencing health issues not related to COVID-19 are still encouraged to seek medical care! Many providers in the county offer options for telehealth appointments. Locations and details are available on the Health Department website

WATCH: Local physicians discuss the importance of seeking regular medical care

Vulnerable populations

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People 65 and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    -People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    -People who have heart disease with complications
    -People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    -People of any age with severe obesity or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure or liver disease might also be at risk
    -People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
    -Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

Community resources for vulnerable populations

Shopping hours
Several area stores have designated certain days and hours for vulnerable community members to shop.

  • Missoula Fresh Market: 7-8 a.m. daily
  • Albertsons: 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Rosauers: 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Target: 8-9 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Walmart: 6-7 a.m. Tuesdays

Food security programs

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