Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Montana Coronavirus Relief Application

COVID-19 Symptoms What to Do If Sick Frequently Asked Questions

Map and Demographic information for COVID-19 cases in Montana

Tribal Resources

COVID-19 Testing Information for the Public

If you are a member of the public and are concerned about getting tested for COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider.

Montana state and local public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely.  Governor's Coronavirus Task Force

Information for Uninsured Covid-19 Testing and Treatment Claims

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your family:

  • Follow Governor Bullock's Directive to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19,
  • Avoid contact with sick people when possible,
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently
  • Use a cloth face covering while in public
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing.

You can contact your local county or tribal health department for questions regarding COVID-19, testing or what may be occurring in your community.


CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary 

Live Accordion

Governor's Coronavirus Task Force Information

Health Alert Network (HAN) Messages

About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is a coronavirus?

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. There are several types of coronaviruses including those that cause symptoms of the common cold. Human coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness. A novel, or new coronavirus is a strain of coronavirus that has not been identified before. This has happened previously with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV both of which cause more severe respiratory illnesses.

What is a novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is still being studied and public health officials are learning more each day. To date, it appears that transmission occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes as is the case with other respiratory illnesses like the common cold or influenza. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with COVID-19 often present with cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or some combination of fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

How can I help protect myself and my family?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The same preventative measures that are recommended during cold and flu season will also help to protect against COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue (or your elbow)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Food Safety and COVID-19

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Information for Communities

Information for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

Information for Higher Education

Colleges & Universities - CDC resources for Institutes of Higher Learning

Information for Employers

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Information for Laboratories

The Montana Public Health Laboratory now has the capability to test for COVID-19 but the number of tests available is limited. We ask that providers consult with local public health and DPHHS to determine if an individual meets the criteria for testing.

Specific guidance for specimen collection and transport is found at the Montana Public Health Laboratory website.


Information for Long-Term Care Facilities

Information for Travelers

Infection Control and EMS Guidance

Multimedia and Printed Resources


Communication Resources - Videos, fact sheets and posters from the CDC.

Print Resources - Handouts and posters from the CDC.

Video Resources - Videos from the CDC.

Montana DPHHS

POSTER You Can Help Keep Illness From Spreading - 6 Tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

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