What is NRMC doing to keep you safe?


As global and domestic cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, NRMC is still maintaining safety measures. We still have our implemented measures in place.
We are actively following all guidelines put in place by the Governor and the CDC.

  • Still actively monitoring updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state and local health departments.
  • If and when a patient presents to the facility with signs and symptoms, we have procedures in place.
  • All guests and staff are screened upon arrival to the facility.
  • EVERYONE will wear masks at all times; especially if social distancing cannot be practiced.
  • Our front door is open again; we ask for patients to use this entrance unless they are experiencing an emergency. We are using the Emergency Room entrance for emergencies only.

Temporary Visitor Restrictions


In an effort to protect the health and wellness of our patients, visitors and staff, Northern Rockies Medical Center Hospital and Clinic have implemented temporary visitor restrictions, which may vary depending on the needs for each specific patient.
We are limiting visitors to essential care givers only. If you do not need to be at the facility we ask that you do not come.

If you are visiting NRMC or a patient at NRMC, please call ahead if you have questions around the specific visitor restrictions.
Because seeing loved ones while they are a patient in our care, is vital to their health and well-being, we wanted to share some alternate ways to communicate with your friends and family and stay in touch while they are in our care. These can include video, voice and text options. Check out this link for some ideas.

How to Protect Yourself


COVID-19 is spread through person-to-person contact and by coming into contact with infected surfaces. You can help protect yourself and limit the spread of disease with these tips:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and always after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid large groups of people. Stay home.

Symptoms


Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Signs and symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus can be mild to severe and include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include ALL possible symptoms. The CDC continues to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.
Learn more about symptoms from the CDC.

If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Call your doctor - - DO NOT JUST SHOW UP!

When to call your doctor:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • You have symptoms AND
  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 OR
  • Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 as outlined by CDC
If your symptoms are severe, seek emergency care or call 911.

Call the Emergency Room in advance or tell the 911 dispatch operator that you think may have been exposed to COVID-19 and describe the symptoms you are experiencing.
Your doctor must provide an order for testing in advance of your arrival.

Virtual Options for Care

Consider using NRMC's virtual options if you are a have Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

Online Visits
Connect with a NRMC Health provider online who can help assess your symptoms based on the most recent updates from the CDC.

For any existing appointments and when clinically appropriate, you can request to convert your in-person visit to a video visit.

Call the Northern Rockies Medical Clinic at 406-873-5507 to learn if this can apply to you our one of your loved ones.

You will need to have access to a computer or some other device which allows video conferencing. At this time governmental agencies are having slightly more relaxed regulations on how we can provide these services.

Do note, your provider may require you to come into the facility if they feel your visit does not meet the qualifications for online visits.

If interested in this as an alternative to your care call your provider to see if you fit the criteria for virtual doctor visit.

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