Updated 4/6/2020 at 10:00am, 299 people have tested positive in Montana. There are 26 positive cases in Flathead County. Please note that DPHHS has recently changed its recording protocol. As of 3/21, all positive test results are counted in the county the test was completed in. 

For the most up-to-date reporting of COVID-19 testing results, visit the DPHHS Coronavirus Page.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused severe illness, such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middles East Respiratory Syndrome). COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus not previously identified in humans prior to December 2019.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever

  • Coughing

  • Shortness of breath

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. It takes 2-14 days after a person gets the virus to become ill and present symptoms.

How does the virus spread?

Most often, the virus is spread person-to-person through respiratory droplets. These droplets are produced when a person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu is spread. The droplets may land in the mouths or noses of people nearby, or the droplets can be inhaled directly into the lungs.

It is currently unclear if COVID-19 can be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it then touching their own nose, mouth, or eyes.

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 Steps you can take to prevent the spread of influenza and the common cold will also help to prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available use hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Please refer to the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC by following this link.

Please refer to CMS and CDC guidance for the most up-to-date information.

Please refer to CDC guidance regarding homeless shelter preparations.

Additional Resources:

  • CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet
  • To inquire about scheduling a COVID-19 presentation for your workplace or organization please email mfreeman@flathead.mt.gov
  • Please call FCCHD at 751-8188
  • If you have a question that is not addressed by the Information Line, please call 406-751-8110 and ask to speak with a public health nurse.