Kalispell,
27
March
2020
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07:58 AM
America/Denver

Montana Children's offers 24-hr pediatric call center

Montana Children's, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, has established a pediatric 24-hour call center at (406) 890-7273 to help parents and families evaluate those children who are feeling sick and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing. 

“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,”says Kalispell Regional Healthcare's (KRH) Chief Medical Officer Doug Nelson, M.D. “ Patients who develop more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, dehydration, or extreme weakness should call our centralized call center for advice about when and where to seek additional medical care, and whether testing for influenza and COVID–19 is indicated.”

Please go to one of our desiignated Respiratory Screening Clinics if your child's symptoms worsen, they have difficulty breathing, or they have sudden onset of loss of taste and smell.

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.