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COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCE LIST MINERAL COUNTY:
March 2022 – A new CDC MMWR found that when the Omicron variant was widely circulating, rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalization increased for all adults, regardless of vaccination status.
Everyone eligible should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses, to reduce their risk for severe COVID-19. Learn more: bit.ly/MMWR7112e2.
CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
For Immediate Release: Monday, December 27, 2021
Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.
Data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35%. A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
If You test positive:
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
- Stay home for 5 days.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
If You have been exposed to Covid-19:
Have been boosted
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5, if possible.
If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), B.1.1.529 (Omicron) (1), was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa on November 24, 2021. Omicron has numerous mutations with potential to increase transmissibility, confer resistance to therapeutics, or partially escape infection- or vaccine-induced immunity (2). On November 26, WHO designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern (3), as did the U.S. SARS-CoV-2 Interagency Group (SIG)* on November 30. On December 1, the first case of COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant was reported in the United States. As of December 8, a total of 22 states had identified at least one Omicron variant case, including some that indicate community transmission. Among 43 cases with initial follow-up, one hospitalization and no deaths were reported. This report summarizes U.S. surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 variants, characteristics of the initial persons investigated with COVID-19 attributed to the Omicron variant and public health measures implemented to slow the spread of Omicron in the United States. Implementation of concurrent prevention strategies, including vaccination, masking, increasing ventilation, testing, quarantine, and isolation, are recommended to slow transmission of SARS-CoV-2, including variants such as Omicron, and to protect against severe illness and death from COVID-19.
Measures to Slow Domestic Spread of the Omicron Variant
CDC recommends prioritizing case investigation and contact tracing††† for confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the Omicron variant. This prioritization should be balanced with maintaining case investigation and contact tracing for outbreaks of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in high-risk congregate settings (e.g., long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters) and for persons at increased risk for severe COVID-19–related health outcomes. Timely case investigation and contact tracing can help ensure compliance with isolation and quarantine guidance§§§ and link persons with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results and their close contacts to testing and supportive services.
What We Know about Omicron
Infection and Spread
- How easily does Omicron spread? The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.
- Will Omicron cause more severe illness? More data are needed to know if Omicron infections, and especially reinfections and breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, cause more severe illness or death than infection with other variants.
- Will vaccines work against Omicron? Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.
- Will treatments work against Omicron? Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective while others may be less effective.
We have the Tools to Fight Omicron
Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death. CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated. CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster shot at least two months after their initial J&J/Janssen vaccine or six months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
Masks offer protection against all variants. CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status. CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.
Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection. Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek. Additional tests would be needed to determine if your infection was caused by Omicron. Visit your state, tribal, local, or territorial health department’s website to look for the latest local information on testing.
Self-tests can be used at home or anywhere, are easy to use, and produce rapid results. If your self-test has a positive result, stay home or isolate for 10 days, wear a mask if you have contact with others, and call your healthcare provider. If you have any questions about your self-test result, call your healthcare provider or public health department.
Until we know more about the risk of Omicron, it is important to use all tools available to protect yourself and others.
Some COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Can Get Booster Shots
- People 65 years and older, 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who live in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
- People 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
IF YOU RECEIVED
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna
You are eligible for a booster if you are:
- 65 years or older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
When to get a booster:
At least 6 months after your second shot
Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States
IF YOU RECEIVED
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
You are eligible for a booster if you are:
18 years or older
When to get a booster:
At least 2 months after your second shot
Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States
Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot
You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
IF YOU RECEIVED
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
People ages 65 years and older should get a booster shot. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions.
Residents ages 18 years and older of long-term care settings should get a booster shot. Because residents in long-term care settings live closely together in group settings and are often older adults with underlying medical conditions, they are at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19.
People ages 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should get a booster shot. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions.
People ages 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.
People ages 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. Adults who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside. That risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.
Examples of workers who may get COVID-19 booster shots: [ 1 ]
- First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
- Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
- Food and agriculture workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Corrections workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Public transit workers
- Grocery store workers
1 List could be updated in the future.IF YOU RECEIVED
People ages 18 years and older who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago should get a booster shot. The J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has lower vaccine effectiveness over time compared to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna).
At your first vaccination appointment, you should have received a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Bring this vaccination card to your booster shot vaccination appointment.
If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.
Infections and Spread
The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than early forms of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
- The Delta variant is more contagious: The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.
- Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous variants in unvaccinated people. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus that causes COVID-19. Even so, the vast majority of hospitalization and death caused by COVID-19 are in unvaccinated people.
- Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: The greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to get infected, and therefore transmit the virus. Fully vaccinated people get COVID-19 (known as breakthrough infections) less often than unvaccinated people. People infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit the virus to others. CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit the virus.
- Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to spread the virus for a shorter time: For prior variants, lower amounts of viral genetic material were found in samples taken from fully vaccinated people who had breakthrough infections than from unvaccinated people with COVID-19. For people infected with the Delta variant, similar amounts of viral genetic material have been found among both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like prior variants, the amount of viral genetic material may go down faster in fully vaccinated people when compared to unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people will likely spread the virus for less time than unvaccinated people.
Masks, social distancing and good sanitation practices are still recommended throughout the state.
During such a trying time for our nation and state, it is more important than ever that Montanans help each other. Below is a list of your local organizations and resources that are here to help you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of these organizations can provide services remotely so you can access the help you need from home.
ALBERTON – DEBORGIA – HAUGAN – SALTESE – ST.REGIS – SUPERIOR
Health Care Facilities:
• https://mineralcommunityhospital.com (Hospital Clinic in Superior)
• https://co.mineral.mt.us/departments/health-department/ The listings below are for Mineral County and are available to see patients, however, it is suggested to call ahead. Just click on the phone number or map and driving directions to be directed to the location of your choice.
For Information Only: Not professional advice Disclaimer: If you need specific advice (for example, medical, legal, financial or risk management), please seek a professional who is licensed or knowledgeable in that area. Never give unsolicited personal or financial data out.
• Mineral Pharmacy: 207 River St, Superior 822-4681, M-F 9am-6pm Lobby closed please call ahead will do curbside pickup. Also, will do local delivery.
• Mineral County Pioneer Council: 239-4682 can arrange transportation for RX pickup.
Food / Groceries:
• All Senior Centers by donation: $5.00 or $6.00 or $7.00 appreciated.
- Mineral County Help Line – Grocery Delivery – 406-822-4202
• ALBERTON: Alberton Senior Center – 701 Railroad 722-3372 Delivery and take out T- Th 12:00 -12:30. Please call the center between 9:00-11:00 to reserve the number of meals you would like to pick up. There is limited delivery and some people have been kind enough to deliver meals for their neighbors.
• Valley Grocery Store: 406 Railroad Ave 722-4946 Open M- Sat 9-7 and Sun 10- 5 – Has curb side service.
• Alberton Community Food Pantry: 502 5th St Open on the Second and Fourth Wed Call the Alberton Town Office for emergency availability and Days and Hours of Operation.
• Trax Bar: 516 Railroad Ave 722-4516 Open for take-out food, pizza, and beverages, Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 8:00.
If you are currently receiving your RX from Wal Mart, there is a new program. Wal Mart will ship your RX to you via Fed EX. Contact your local Wal Mart for details. Costco also has RX Mailing at no additional cost to members. Many of the local establishments have set special times for seniors and individuals with disabilities to shop separately from the general public. Additionally, several locations have delivery and curbside pickup for your convenience.
• SUPERIOR: Superior Senior Center – 611 5th Ave E1- 822-3334 Center is open to grab and go meals. Please call ahead for meal count.
Pull up and honk for pickup of curbside meal.
• Durango’s Restaurant: 202 4th Ave E 822-4967 Only take out and are open on M-F from 9:00-1:30 and 4:30-8:00 and Sat-Sun 9:00-7:00.
• Whipped Up: 100 River St 272-5874 Has take-out orders and based on staff availability, will deliver. Hours are Sun and M 8-3 Closed Tuesday. Open Wed and Th 8-3. Friday and Saturday 8:00-8:00.
• Four Aces Bar: 20 Mullan Rd E 822-3273 Open for take-out, M -Sun 11-9
• Darlow’s Quality Foods (Castles): 301 River St 822-4801 Open regular hours, Mon- Sat 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sun 8:00-6:00. No delivery.
• Food Bank- Superior: Contact Marlene Adair 308 Pine 822-3471 Open Fridays 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00.
• ST. REGIS: St Regis Senior Citizens Center- 209 Lobo Loop 649-4833 Take-out meals on Thursday at 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. and the 4th Monday of the month, same times. Please call and reserve the number of meals you will be picking up between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Transportation: If transportation is needed for any of these meals, please call the Mineral County Pioneer Council, 406-239-4682, and Lorie Phelps, our dispatcher and driver will schedule you according to availability of drivers for our vehicles.
• St Regis Travel Center: 55 Mullan Gulch Rd 649-2407 Gas Station and Convenience Store open 24/7.
Huck’s Grill – takeout orders, 7 am – 9 pm
• Jasper’s Restaurant: 85 Mullan Gulch Rd 649-2473 Closed at this time.
• Frosties Drive Inn: Old Hwy 10 E 649-9753 Closed at this time.
• OK Café: 31 MT Hwy 135 649-2742 Closed at this time.
• Stang’s Market: Highway 10 East 649-2414 M- Sun 10-6 Can do deliveries, call for availability.
• Hideout Restaurant: 245 I-90 Frontage Rd, Exit 18 DeBorgia, MT 678-0090 Carry out and curb side, Wed- Sun12:00-9:00. Can deliver from Saltese to Henderson, 10 mm – 22 mm, call for availability.
• Old Montana Bar and Restaurant: 174 Frontage Rd W, Exit 10 Saltese, 678-4144 Carry out only, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 – 8:00
• Mangold’s Store and Motel: Frontage Rd, Exit 10 678-4328 Open 8 – 8 Motel hours 24/7.
Mental Health Information
Montana 211 (information for a variety of services and volunteering opportunities)Dial 211 or 752-8181
State Mental Health Services Bureau 888-866-0328
Western Montana Mental Health Center 532-9190
Addiction Treatment Help Line 877-887-5016
Drug Abuse Hotline (24 hrs)800-311-3069
Alcoholics Anonymous 888-607-2000
Montana Mental Health Ombudsman (help navigating system)888-444-9669
o https://co.mineral.mt.us/departments/health-department/ (COVID -19)
• https://www.daines.senate.gov/coronavirus-resources/help-for-montanaseniors (Other resources in the area)
• http://mdt.mt.gov/publictransit/missoula.shtml (Transportation in area)
• MINERAL COUNTY OFFICES:
Mineral County Health Department 406-822-3564
Mineral County Sheriff’s Office 406-822-3555
• Alberton Town Offices 607 Railroad Ave Alberton, MT 406-722-3404
• Super 8 Motel Old Hwy 10, Exit 33 St Regis, MT 649-2422 Open 24/7.
• Silver Dollar complex: I-90 Frontage Rd, Exit 16 Haugan, MT 678-4242
Silver Dollar Inn Motel is Open 24/7. Silver Dollar Convenience Store/Gas Station, Open 24/7 Silver Dollar Restaurant and Gift Store, Closed