Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Q: What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
A: Symptoms range from mild to severe and show 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms are fever greater than 100.4F, dry cough, muscle aches, and fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Q: What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
A: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Refer to the CDC’s guidance if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might be.
Q: How many cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Gallatin County or the state of Montana?
A: Montana’s Department of Health and Human Services is monitoring the number of cases within the state, which can be found here. The Gallatin County Health Department is tracking the cases within the county and has a number of resources and articles related to virus prevention, what to do if you think you have COVID-19, have recently traveled, and how to manage anxiety and stress.
Q: Where do I file for unemployment?
A: You can file for unemployment by clicking on this link. Temporary emergency rules have been adopted to streamline Unemployment Benefits related to COVID-19.