COVID-19 Testing (See Infection or Vaccination below)
Sidney Health Center provides free, drive-through testing at their facility for symptomatic individuals by appointment only Monday through Friday from 10AM – Noon. This test does not include a clinical assessment. All positive results will be reported to the Richland County Health Department.
Please call 406.488.2074 to schedule your COVID-19 test. This phone line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9AM – Noon. Individuals will receive their test results via My Chart within a few hours. This test does not meet the requirements for COVID-19 Travel Testing.
The test is free of charge while supplies last. Information accurate as of 12-3-21.
If have tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and isolate yourself from other household contact. The Health Department continues to conduct contact tracing, and should be in touch by phone soon. Alternatively, you may call the Health Department at 406-433-2207.
Treatment at Home
Your healthcare provider might recommend the following to relieve symptoms and support your body’s natural defenses:
- Taking medications, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever
- Drinking water or other fluids to stay hydrated
- Getting plenty of rest to help the body fight the virus
Secondary infections can occur after COVID. If you have a fever after the initial symptoms have resolved or have other symptoms of an infection, contact your provider or go to the Emergency Room.
When to seek emergency medical attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 911, contacting your provider, or going to the Emergency Room:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
The Richland County Health Department is providing COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 3PM. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Question
Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines are available in Richland County. COVID-19 vaccines are available during our scheduled walk-in clinics on Tuesdays. If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances, please call the Health Department to make alternative arrangements. These arrangements are subject to staff and vaccine availability.
Can children be vaccinated for COVID-19?
The Health Department now carries a limited stock of pedatric Pfizer brand COVID-19 vaccine, which is licensed for ages 5-11. These are available at scheduled Pfizer Pfriday clinics by appointment only. To schedule a pediatric dose at a Friday clinic, call the Health Department at 406433-2207. Regular Pfizer doses are licensed for ages 12 and older. These are available during our regular Tuesday clinics.
How many doses do I need to get?
The Moderna COVID-19 provided to the Health Department is a two-dose series that should be administered at least 28 days apart. The Pfizer brand vaccine is a two-dose series administered 21 days apart. You will be provided with a card that shows the date you received the first dose so that you may track when you are due for the second dose. This is also for your personal record. You must receive two doses of the same brand of vaccine. You can read more about the Emergency Use Authorization for the Moderna vaccine, or the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. .
The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) is a 1-dose vaccine. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks following the Janssen vaccine. You can read more about the Emergency Use Authorization for the Janssen vaccine.
What about boosters?
Booster doses are available at our regular Tuesday walk-in clinics from 12:30 - 3. To receive a Moderna or Pfizer booster, you must be 5 or more months out from your second dose. To receive a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) booster, you must be 2 or more months out from your first dose. You may also choose a different brand of vaccine for your booster dose.
I received my first dose in another state/locality. Can I get my second dose or booster at the Health Department?
You must receive two doses of the same brand of vaccine. The Health Department carries the Moderna brand COVID-19 vaccine and a limited stock of the Pfizer brand vaccine. We will accommodate your second dose at one of our scheduled walk-in clinics. Remember that the second dose of Moderna is due 4-6 weeks after the first; and the second dose of Pfizer is due 3 weeks after the first-this information should be provided on your vaccine record card.
Please ensure that you have a record of your first doses received elsewhere when you come to our clinics. This is important information for us to ensure you receive the vaccine doses on time and your vaccine is recorded accurately. Please contact us at 406-433-2207 if you need assistance retrieving your vaccination record.
Is there a charge for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Health Department will bill private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid $40 for the standard vaccine administration fee. If you do not have insurance, you will still receive the vaccine.
Should I get vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19?
Current evidence shows that immunity to COVID-19 decreases after 90 days following infection. This means that even individuals who have had COVID-19 should get the vaccine. However, if you are currently infected with COVID-19, you must isolate until you have been released from isolation by the Health Department and are no longer considered infectious.
Do we still need to wear masks, social distance, and quarantine if we've received the COVID-19 vaccine?
Each of these precautions are tools to help fight the COVID-19 virus in our community. No vaccine is 100% effective. We expect that the vaccine will aid in preventing infection, and reduce the severity of symptoms in those that do become infected. This should lead to fewer hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC currently states that those who are vaccinated can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
I've heard that some people have bad reactions to the vaccine. What are you doing to ensure those who receive the vaccine are safe?
Those who receive the vaccine will complete forms that provide our nurses with important information relating to their vaccine and allergy histories. These will be reviewed by the nurse and discussed with the client. Each client will be asked to remain at the Health Department for at least 15 minutes past their vaccination so that they may be monitored for any allergic reaction. The Health Department is prepared with tools such as Epinephrine and oxygen should any client show signs of an allergic reaction. Following your vaccination, you will be provided information for v-safe, a smartphone-based tool that will direct you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions. You can read about the expected side effects of the vaccine. As always, we would encourage you to contact the Health Department at 406-433-2207 to report any adverse reaction to the vaccine.
Where can I learn about vaccine distribution in Montana? How many vaccines have been given in Richland County.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services maintains a website for COVID-19 vaccine distribution information. This information is updated regularly, and includes the number of vaccines given in Richland County.
I'm looking for vaccine information from a non-governmental source. Where should I look?
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has an extensive list of FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine.