Free Community Surveillance Testing

Big Sky Relief, the collaborative COVID-19 relief effort, announced the Big Sky Winter COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Partnership to keep the community healthy and businesses open entering the winter season. The free, self-administered tests are available for Big Sky residents and employees working in Big Sky who are over and 18 and are currently asymptomatic. Tests may be picked up during the posted hours from the drive-thru window at 1700 Lone Mountain Trail and may be dropped off 24/7 using the deposit box at the drive-thru or the drop-box located at 88 Ousel Falls Road, Unit A1. View surveillance testing program details below, including dates and pick up and drop off hours.

Click on the drop-down menu below for test pick up and drop off dates and locations

Hours of Operation

Test kits may be picked up at the former American building located at 1700 Lone Mountain Trail. Tests are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  

New Hours of Operation Effective Monday, April 12: 

  • Monday 9 am-5 pm
  • Tuesday 9 am -5 pm

If you need a test kit outside of these hours please call 406-995-3234 to schedule an appointment to pick up a test.

Drop-Off Details (Effective Saturday, April 10): 
Test kits may be dropped off 24/7 using the deposit box at the Old American Bank (1700 Lone Mountain Trail). 

  • Returned tests will be shipped to an offsite lab at 1 pm Monday-Friday.
    • Expect to receive results within 24-72 hours of shipment.
    • There will no longer be a drop-box located in Town Center.

Testing Dashboard and Data

The dashboard will be updated weekly with results and data from all tests conducted through the community surveillance program. You can always find your individual test results using the LetsGetChecked app.

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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