Free Community Surveillance Testing Has Concluded

From December 2020 to May 2021, the Community Surveillance Testing Program played a key role in keeping our community safe, healthy, and open for business. Over 55,000 tests were administered and over 1,000 asymptomatic positives were identified. Without the program, we would not have been able to identify and isolate these asymptomatic positives. We would like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated and made this program possible! The program concluded on Wednesday, May 26th.

CLICK HERE for testing resources from Healthy Gallatin, including details on where you may get a COVID-19 test. 

Testing Dashboard and Data

Gallatin County Health Department Data 

Weekly surveillance report to provide the community and policymakers with regular and predictable access to key community-level metrics and help inform decision making in Gallatin County.

Frequently Asked Questions

I just received a positive test result what should I expect?

Contact tracers from the Big Sky Relief surveillance testing program receive your positive results the morning following the test being run. You will be contacted within 24 hours of receiving your results. Please ensure your contact information is correct on your LetsGetChecked account so contact tracers will be able to get in touch with you. If you test positive and have not been contacted within 24 hours, please call 406-995-3232 ext 3. As soon as you receive a positive result remain in self-isolation and follow all CDC guidelines.

What happens if I receive a positive test result?

If you receive a positive result you should remain in self-isolation. You should follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Alert your employer
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include but are not limited to:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
What if I have symptoms?

This program is designed for asymptomatic tests. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact the Bozeman Health COVID-19 Hotline by calling 406-414-2619.

How many times can I be tested?

Based upon availability, an individual may test with this program once aweek

Can I pick up a test for a friend, colleague, or family member?

Yes, with proper documentation for each test kit. However, each person must create their own account to receive test results.

Who will have access to my individual test results?

The contact tracer for our program will have access to your individual results. It is your responsibility to notify your employer if you test positive.

How will I be notified of my results?

Your results will be delivered to your secure online account (test kits will include instructions on creating an account.)

What is the cost?

There is no cost to residents and workers in the Big Sky Resort Area District.

Who administers the tests?

Tests are self-administered using a nasal swab.

How long will my results take?

Results should be received within 24-48 hours of lab receipt.

Will there be a dashboard for the results?

A community dashboard will display aggregated weekly results (not individuals.)

As an employer what if I need more than 10 tests for my workforce?

Coordinate directly with Big Sky Relief to discuss your needs.

My results do not say negative or positive, what do they mean?

You may receive one of the following results after taking a test. 

  • Aged Specimen: Sample stability exceeded (received >5 days from sample collection date)
  • Canceled: Cancellation of the test (e.g. if test activated to incorrect account)
  • Clotted: Sample with increased viscosity/mucus, preventing the ability to obtain a result
  • Compromised Specimen: Sample potentially contaminated (e.g. foil pierced, debris in the sample, incorrect patient details)
  • Inconclusive: Sample was unable to yield a conclusive positive or negative result 
  • Insufficient Specimen: Quantity of sample not sufficient to complete testing (e.g. if leaked in transit)
  • No Specimen Received: No specimen received (e.g. kit box returned without sample tube)
  • Invalid Specimen: Unable to obtain any result or value after multiple attempts running the sample on the system
I received the COVID-19 vaccine, should I continue to participate in the surveillance testing program?

Yes we encourage you to continue to test after receiving the vaccine as no vaccine is 100% effective and it has been found that people can still carry the virus and are able to spread the virus to others via laughing, coughing, sneezing, talking, etc. 




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