COVID-19 Testing

Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking care or testing:
  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Follow the self-isolation guidelines if you are sick.
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for this virus.
  • Testing results may be helpful to inform decisions about who you came in contact with before your symptoms presented and once you felt ill.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (including, but not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), self-isolate and call your healthcare provider, Urgent Care, or Viral Triage Clinic. Once you have a test order, you can visit a testing location (see below). You should continue to self-isolate while awaiting your test results.

It can take several days to receive test results, and times will vary depending on which lab is processing your test. To access your test results, follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the testing site.

Seek medical attention immediately if you develop severe symptoms, such as:

  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Continuous pain or pressure in the chest
  • Persistent fever greater than 102°F

If at any time you feel like you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

To get tested for COVID-19, you need to obtain a test order from a healthcare provider. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call your primary care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, you can call an Urgent Care or a Viral Triage Clinic.

Urgent Care locations:

  • b2 UrgentCare (1006 W Main St, Bozeman) | 406-414-2619 (COVID-19 Hotline)
  • Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare (206 Alaska Frontage Road, Belgrade) | 406-414-2619 (COVID-19 Hotline)
  • Nova Urgent Care
    • Bozeman: 862 Harmon Stream Blvd #101 | 406-577-2800
    • Belgrade: 406 W Main Street | 406-388-8708

Viral Triage Clinic locations:

  • Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Entrance 4
  • Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare
  • Big Sky Medical Center

For current hours and locations, please visit Bozeman Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Hotline (406-414-2619).

You must have a provider’s order to be tested for COVID-19 at local testing sites. If you have not talked with a provider, please contact your primary care provider, an Urgent Care, Viral Triage Clinic, or the COVID-19 Hotline (406-414-2619). Please do not go to a drive-thru site without receiving instructions from a provider to do so.

  • Drive-thru testing sites:
    • Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Parking Lot H | Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Big Sky Medical Center, ambulance bay | Every day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Belgrade Clinic + UrgentCare main parking lot | Every day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For current hours and locations, please visit Bozeman Health’s COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Hotline (406-414-2619).

Walk-in Site
If you do not have a provider order for a COVID-19 test, you can see a provider at b2 UrgentCare to see if you meet the testing requirements.

  • b2 UrgentCare Main Street | Every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Local testing is only available for symptomatic individuals and individuals who have test orders.

Visit the CDC for up to date information on COVID-19 symptoms. You can also complete the CDC’s coronavirus self-checker to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and medical care.

As always, please consult with your healthcare provider to determine the best option for you.

If you are planning to travel, please research the COVID-19 guidelines of your destination. Most states do not require a test, but each state and country has its own COVID-19 guidelines and requirements change frequently.

If you must travel, we encourage you to TRAVEL SAFE, TRAVEL SMART.

Call the Bozeman Health COVID-19 Hotline, 406-414-2619 to get a travel test. Travel testing is available at the drive-through testing site at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. Drive-through hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All test results can be accessed through MyChart under “Visits” in less than 48 hours. Please be sure your MyChart is set up and your are able to login BEFORE you get your test done.

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If you receive a negative test result (from either a molecular test [i.e. PCR] or a rapid antigen test), this means that the test did not detect virus at the time that the test was taken. A negative result can also happen if the test was taken too early or the test missed your infection.

If you have been identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19, you must continue to quarantine for the entire 10-day period. You may still be infected but it was too early for your test to be positive.

If you received an antibody test, a negative result means that the test did not detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus and you may have never had COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 is new and what we know about it changes rapidly. Visit the CDC for current and up to date information on COVID-19 antibody tests.

MSU Students:

University Health Partners Snowmester Hours

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COVID-19 printable resources
Governor Bullock's Guidelines and Considerations for Reopening Businesses and Schools