Kalispell,
18
March
2020
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08:51 PM
America/Denver

KRH launches respiratory screening facilities

Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees and community. We continue to take several steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition to the 24-hour call center at (406) 890-7272, KRH established three screening facilities to help evaluate those who develop respiratory symptoms.

“These respiratory screening facilities will protect the population, patients, staff and visitors from exposure while allowing for the continuity of operations and patient care at hospitals and clinics,” says KRH Chief Medical Officer Doug Nelson, M.D. “Most patients infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms such as fever, cough, and muscle aches and are advised to stay at home and rest, drink plenty of fluids, self-isolate, and take over-the-counter medicines to treat their symptoms. Patients with moderate symptoms who feel they need medical attention should visit one of the screening sites. Patients who develop severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, dehydration, or extreme weakness are encouraged to seek emergency care.” 

Patients are encouraged to call the centralized call center for advice about seeking additional medical care, and whether testing for influenza and COVID–19 is indicated. 

There are three site locations—in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Eureka. All locations are staffed by Kalispell Regional Medical Center and North Valley Hospital staff and are identified with “Respiratory Screening Facility” signage. 

Kalispell Screening Facility                           Whitefish Screening Facility
1287 Burns Way                                                 710 13th St.
Kalispell, MT                                                       Whitefish, MT

Hours of Operations:
Daily: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
 

Eureka Screening Facility
304 Osloski Rd.
Eureka, MT

Hours of Operations:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As the situation continues to evolve, KRH will continue to reassess these screening sites for adequate space, staffing and supplies. 

Preventing the Spread of Illness 
Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including: 

  • Washing hands thoroughly and often. 
  • Covering your cough. 
  • Avoiding touching your face. 
  • Staying home if you’re sick. 
  • Practicing social distancing 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are ill. 

KRH Hospital Incident Command will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Go to krh.org/covid-19 for up-to-date information.