Important COVID Updates—April 1, 2022
The FDA and CDC have authorized a second booster shot for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 disease. A second COVID-19 booster shot may be administered to the following individuals:
- Individuals aged 12 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions* can receive a Pfizer booster at least 4 months after receipt of the first booster dose.
- Individuals aged 18 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions* can receive a Moderna booster at least 4 months after receipt of the first booster dose.
- Individuals 18-49 who are NOT moderately or severely immunocompromised AND RECEIVED JANSSEN COVID-19 VACCINE for BOTH their primary and booster can receive a second booster using a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after receipt of the first Janssen booster dose.
- Individuals 50 years and older can receive either mRNA vaccine at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of either mRNA vaccine.
*These are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation or are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise. A list of the conditions can be found here: People with Certain Medical Conditions | CDC
See the full FDA press release here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Second Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines for Older and Immunocompromised Individuals | FDA
See updated Clinical Considerations here: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC
At Home COVID-19 Tests: Availability and Report a Positive Test
Updated February 10th, 2022
Updated November 5th, 2021
- Curbside COVID Testing available on the East side of the Ronan Clinic. Call (406) 676-3600 to schedule your appointment, M-F, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
- COVID testing also available on a walk-in basis at Convenient Care, Sat. & Sun., 11 am to 12:30 pm.
- Suspect you may have COVID and need to be seen? Please visit Convenient Care during regular hours (open M-F, 10 am to 6 pm or Sat/Sun, 10 am to 2 pm)
- Masking is required in all St. Luke facilities – please bring a mask
- Moderna vaccines are FREE to anyone 18+. Call to schedule your initial vaccine, third dose for immunocompromised, and booster shots at (406) 528-5331.
Important CURBSIDE COVID TESTING Update
Updated October 4th, 2021
Please note that St. Luke curbside COVID testing services have moved to the East side of the St. Luke Ronan Clinic (127 6th Ave. SW). Curbside drive-up testing is available via appointment by calling (406) 676-3600, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. COVID testing is available on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at Convenient Care, located on the West side of the hospital – 107 6th Ave. SW.
For those seeking testing for travel-related purposes, please be advised that St. Luke is NOT a travel-testing approved facility and cannot guarantee a 72-hour turnaround time for results. Walgreens in Polson (406-300-6042) is the nearest travel-testing approved facility.
Due to frequent changes in testing volumes and supplies, COVID-19 tests will often need to be sent out to the Montana Public Health Laboratory for processing. Test results may not be available for 72 hours or more. The fastest way to see your test results is to sign up for the St. Luke patient portal.
If you suspect you may have COVID and would like to be seen by a provider, please visit Convenient Care on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you require emergency care, please call 911. Our Emergency Department is ready and available to meet your emergency care needs.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this ever-changing landscape. Please help us slow the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to mask, physically distance from others, and get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already. You can schedule your vaccine by calling (406) 528-5331.
LABOR DAY Update
Updated September 3rd, 2021
In observance of Labor Day, Convenient Care and all St. Luke Community Clinics will be closed on Monday, September 6th.
Turnaround times for COVID testing cannot be guaranteed and the holiday weekend will likely add time to the process. The quickest way to receive your results is to sign up for our patient portal at: https://stlukehealthcare.org/myhealth-portal-enrollment/.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this busy time. Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
Important CURBSIDE COVID TESTING Update
Updated August 27, 2021
Please note that St. Luke’s curbside COVID testing services have ended. However, drive-up COVID testing for pre-op and travel-related clearance, or for those solely looking for a COVID test, will still be available via appointment at the Ronan Clinic, Monday through Friday (406-676-3600) or on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at Convenient Care. For those seeking testing for travel-related purposes, please be advised that St. Luke is NOT a travel-testing approved facility and cannot guarantee a 72-hour turnaround time for results. Walgreens in Polson (406-300-6042) is the nearest travel-testing approved facility.
Due to current testing volumes and supplies, most COVID-19 tests will need to be sent out to the Montana Public Health Laboratory for processing. Test results may not be available for 72 hours or more.
If you suspect you may have COVID and would like to be seen by a provider, please visit Convenient Care on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you require emergency care, please come to the Emergency Department immediately or call 911.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this ever-changing landscape.
Important COVID BOOSTER Update
Updated August 18, 2021
Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots.
The statement explains that COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the Delta variant. They recognized that many vaccines offer reduced protection over time, however, and additional doses or boosters are often needed to provide longer-lasting protection.
To protect against that with COVID-19 vaccines as we move into the next few months, a plan has been developed to begin offering booster shots this fall “subject to FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) issuing booster dose recommendations based on a thorough review of the evidence. We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. At that time, the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors, will likely be eligible for a booster. We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them.”
In dealing with a constantly changing virus, experts are prepared to modify this plan should new data emerge that requires it. The statement also urges unvaccinated individuals to get their vaccine now, as nearly all the cases of severe disease continue to occur among that group.
In a separate update, the CDC recommended that people who are “moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose” at least 28 days after their 2nd dose. “This additional dose, intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series, is not the same as a booster dose.
Based on this information, St. Luke is currently scheduling initial doses for unvaccinated individuals and additional doses for individuals who are moderate to severely immunocompromised. After September 20th, those who have received prior initial doses of Moderna may also be scheduled for their booster shots. Please call (406) 528-5331 to schedule any of these options!
For more information, please read the full statement at: https://bit.ly/COVIDjointstatement. We will share additional information as it develops.
Important COVID Testing Update
July 1, 2021
Due to decreasing testing numbers, St. Luke curbside COVID testing services will end, effective July 1st.
- COVID testing for pre-op and travel-related clearance, or for those solely looking for a COVID test, will be available via appointment at the Ronan Clinic, Monday through Friday (call 676-3600) or on Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at Convenient Care.
- If you suspect you may have COVID and would like to be seen by a provider, you can come to Convenient Care on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Luke is pleased to see that things are changing for the better, largely thanks to the strong numbers of community members choosing to get vaccinated! As we navigate the ever-changing COVID landscape, we appreciate your patience. There will likely be more changes to come, so please stay tuned to our website and social media pages for future updates. Thank you!
At this time, St. Luke is able to manage vaccine scheduling by phone, so we are no longer registering recipients online. If you are interested in receiving a free COVID-19 vaccine, please contact our vaccine scheduling hotline at (406) 528-5331. Thank you!
Updated May 23, 2021
St. Luke continues to offer COVID-19 testing for any need, including suspected illness or travel. Our in-house PCR test usually provides results within 24-48 hours.
The fees associated with the test ($100 test charge and $30 collection & processing fee) are typically covered by insurance. Note: PCR samples sent to the State Lab will
result in the $30 collection & processing fee only, which is still billed to insurance. Tests are performed through our Curbside service at Convenient Care (located on the
west side of the hospital) in Ronan. Swab tests are performed Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you require emergency care
outside of those hours, please come to the Emergency Department to be seen.
April 16, 2021
As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine…Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.”
This move was made out of an abundance of caution. If you have any questions related to the J&J vaccine, please let us know. You can also discuss specific health-related questions with your doctor. St. Luke has the Moderna vaccine available for anyone 18 and older. You can read the full statement at: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html?fbclid=IwAR3Lzt31vu1VO09HfYkh6ovBxiTcWP_Pe_lc7Ukq0YsHYwXYJZYYBLxGW-4
April 8, 2021
St. Luke Community Healthcare is working shoulder-to-shoulder with other healthcare providers on the Flathead Reservation and Lake County to ensure every resident has access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, St. Luke is administering the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for those age 18 years and older. All Montanans are now eligible for the vaccine.
If you have not yet received your vaccine and would like to, you can schedule quickly by registering on our website or through our scheduling hotline at (406) 528-5331.
If you have already received your vaccine, we would appreciate any help in getting the word out to the rest of the community. We have ample supply available and want to get vaccines administered as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Over 20,000 doses have now been administered in Lake County and we couldn’t be more proud of the united effort of community members protecting each other by getting vaccinated. Thank you for doing your part!
St. Luke is committed to making our website accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. If you encounter any issues or require additional assistance with specific pages or forms, please contact our PR Manager at (406) 528-5262. Thank you
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