Custer County/Miles City Unified Command Hosts COVID-19 Drive-Through Surveillance Testing Event

Custer County/Miles City Unified Command in collaboration with Holy Rosary Healthcare, oneHealth and Billings Clinic, is hosting a free community COVID-19 drive-through testing event on June 19-20, 2020 at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds Agri-Sports Complex in Miles City. As part of Governor Bullock’s reopening of the state, Custer County residents and residents of surrounding communities are encouraged to participate. Those participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Participants are required to wear a mask, bandana or face covering when entering the drive-through testing area and should remain in their vehicle. To access the testing area, vehicles should enter at the Fairgrounds’ main entrance and follow the directional signs. The National Guard will be onsite to assist local health officials in the testing. 

The drive-through surveillance testing event will help us identify and prevent possible community spread, while furthering our efforts in assessing our community wide prevention efforts that have taken place in Custer County so far. The Custer County Health Officer and Board of Health strongly encourage those working in long term care settings, assisted living facilities, and anyone else working with vulnerable populations to get tested at this event. 

Those who are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, loss of sense of smell/taste, fever, etc.) are encouraged to contact a healthcare facility for testing, rather than participating in the community drive-through surveillance testing event.

The test is a molecular (PCR) test, not an antibody test and will only indicate if an individual has the virus at that time, not if they have had it in the past. The molecular (PCR) test is the “gold standard” test and is the most accurate with the fewest false positives. Test results will be available in 2-3 days. Positive results will be confirmed with additional testing and followed up with standard public health protocols. The testing process is a nasopharyngeal swab.

Funding for surveillance testing comes from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

Testing Event Dates/Times:
Friday, June 19, 2020  ||  9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Saturday, June 20, 2020  ||  9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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