Current as of: 10 am 6-2-20
Pondera County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Montana has 523 cases across 30 counties; and 17 deaths.
Montana is currently in Phase 2 of re-opening. PMC is still strongly encouraging the use of masks. We encourage you to practice hand hygiene and clean high-touch surfaces regularly.
We are continuing efforts to stop the spread.
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Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist caring for COVID-19 patients all day in NYC at Weill Cornell Hospital. He has a lot of great information to share.
At this time, Pondera Medical Center is allowing no visitation to our Hospital or Extended Care Facility. For the safety and protection of those we serve, we are screening patients for Outpatient Services, including Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and Rehabilitation Services. Our Clinic is continuing to see patients; but all visitors are screened upon entry and your entry point will be determined by the nature of your visit. Telehealth visits are also available via Zoom Conference meetings. We ask that you please all ahead.
At this time, MRI and Mammo services are unavailable. The PMC Wellness Center is closed to the public. If you need Durable Medical Equipment supplies, please call ahead to arrange pickup. We have resumed offering Birthday labs, and March/April birthdays will be available through May 15th!
Our best opportunity to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. We are strongly encouraging everyone to stay home as much as possible. When you do have to leave your home, stay 6-feet away from others, as that is the hypothesized distance the droplets can travel. If you see someone coughing, we recommend you leave the area immediately. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Refrain from touching your face. Clean high-surface areas in your home.
The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe respiratory illness. A key indicator of your risk is whether you have visited certain countries, states or communities; or were exposed to someone who could have COVID-19.
Symptoms include: Fever of 100.4° or more, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.
If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), do not go directly to the ER or to the PMC Rural Health Clinic. We strongly encourage you to call the Pondera County Health Department, first. The Health Department can provide you the best course of action based on your symptoms. Our healthcare providers will work closely with the Health Department how we can best serve you. Before visiting our facility, Please Call First at 406-271-3231 (Clinic) or 406-271-3211 (Hospital main line for after hours or weekends.)
we are in this together!
“We know that you are concerned. As a member of the healthcare community, I am concerned as well. I want to let you know that our facility and providers are doing everything we can to address the current COVID-19 situation. Our staff is in communication daily with local, state and federal authorities to implement strategies to reduce the spread of this virus and help keep our most vulnerable population safe. Our strategy changes frequently based on this guidance. Thanks for your patience as we implement approaches which currently includes screening all staff, patients and visitors who enter our building for Fever, Cough and Travel History. Know that we support you because we are you.” -Dr. Jay Taylor, Chief of Staff
“COVID-19 has given us all a lot to consider. Let’s talk for a moment about what you should do if you think you have had an exposure to COVID-19 and are having symptoms. First, know that most people will experience COVID-19 mildly and recover. But, we also know that certain groups including those 60 and older and those with underlying health issues may experience dangerous complications, so we are proceeding cautiously. If you are having symptoms, have had a known exposure and have questions, please call your local public health department or refer to email@example.com. You can also call the Montana COVID hotline at 1-888-333-0461 for more answers. If you think you need to see a provider as your symptoms including shortness of breath are worsening, please call ahead to your healthcare provider and receive directions on where you need to go to be evaluated. And always, notify 911 in an emergency situation, but let them know you have had exposure so EMS may respond appropriately. I support this community, because I am this community." -David Arends, PA-C, PMC Rural Health Clinic
“COVID-19 pandemic is creating more than just physical mayhem. For most people, anxiety has become part of everyday life in this current situation. We are in an unprecedented time and the precautions put in place have us wondering what to do if we can’t see anyone, what will we do? Or maybe you have been laid off, or not working because school is out and there is no childcare available. These are all anxiety producing life experiences. Worry about your health and loved ones health is also anxiety producing. What to do? A very good way to help you cope is meditation or mindfulness practice. There are many apps out there to help you reduce stress. Here is a list: Headspace, Calm, Breath2Relax, Happify. If you look on the internet there are some companies offering this service for free. Also , good articles with helpful hints are on the internet. adaa.org/finding-help-coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources, >2019ncov>prepare>maning-stress-anxiety,
A few things that might help: reach out to friends and family via phone, text messaging, video chat on a regular basis. Don’t watch news all night and day or read about the coronavirus all day. Reflect on things within your control and work with that. It might be time to brush off old hobbies. Exercise is important, outside if possible. Self-care is extremely important right now. See your provider if you feel as though you need more than what you are doing. We’re all in this together. Let’s help one another out and let others help us out. “
-Edie Ellsworth, FNP-BC
“Social distancing is difficult, I get it, but that’s the best recommendation that we have and we need to abide. Furthermore, please make sure to check in on your friends and family via the phone, email, Facebook…whatever you need to do. This is a hard time for people who are already dealing with other life stressors.
I would highly encourage each and every person to be diligent in checking their resources on where they are getting information. This is a tough world with the wealth of information we all have access too. Unfortunately, we simply cannot trust everything we read or hear. Lastly, I want everyone to know that PMC is doing our very best. I promise we are making decisions daily to stay current on this issue. I can assure you that the staff here are making every possible move to ensure that the care that we bring is safe and in your best interest. Please trust that we are utilizing everything we can to keep you and your family safe.“ -Heather Johns, D-NP