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Kalispell Regional Healthcare opens screening sites for COVID-19 ahead of tourism season

Posted at 4:11 PM, Jun 10, 2020

KALISPELL — Kalispell Regional Healthcare has added two new respiratory screening facilities testing for COVID-19 to prepare for an influx of tourism this summer.

The new screening facilities will be located in Columbia Falls and West Glacier and join the existing screening centers in Kalispell and Eureka.

All locations are staffed by Kalispell Regional Medical Center and North Valley Hospital staff.

Kalispell Regional Hospital Chief Medical Officer, Doug Nelson said the screening centers help evaluate those who are feeling sick and experiencing symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing,

He says the goal is to help manage COVID-19 exposure as tourists start to flock to the Flathead Valley.

“We want to make tourists and others who have symptoms and want to be tested, we want to make it easy for them because we want to know if they have COVID-19 or not,” said Nelson.

The screening center in Columbia Falls opened June 8. The West Glacier screening center will open on June 15.