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.

LAKE COUNTY: 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.

Health Care Facilities:
• Polson Health
106 Ridgewater Dr Suite A
Polson, Montana 59860 Phone: (406) 883-3200

• Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
6 13th Ave East Polson, MT 59860
Maps & Direction

• ST. Luke Community Healthcare
• Clinics: Ronan (406) 676-3600
St. Ignatius (406) 745-2781
Southshore (406) 883-2555
Ridgewater (406) 883-3737

• St Luke Hospital: (406) 676-4441

The listings below are for Lake County and are available to see patients, however, it is suggested to call ahead. Just click on the website for additional information.

• Lake County Council on Aging and Transportation- 528 Main St SW Ronan 676-2367
Leave Message to arrange transportation for pickup of RX or other items.

• Polson: Providence St Joseph Pharmacy 6 13th Ave E 883-8444. Free delivery or mail.
Patients please call if RX being picked up by another ID for controlled substances.

• Polson: Credena Health Pharmacy 50331 US Hwy 93 (Super 1) 406-883-0342 Free delivery
or mail. Patients call ahead if RX picked up by another ID for controlled substances.

• Polson: Safeway Pharmacy 1146 South Shore Route 406-883-3674 Free mailing, and free
delivery on T and F only within 10 mile radius.

• Polson: Walmart 36318 Memory Lane 406-883-9221 drive thru and store has 60+
Tuesdays 6-7 am

• Polson: Walgreens 40770 Mount Hwy 35 Polson, MT 406-300-6042 Drive thru. Patient please call
ahead if others picking up RX Tuesdays 8-9 am Seniors only All day Tuesday Seniors 20% off name brand and 30% off Walgreen brand.

• Ronan: Family Health Pharmacy 633307 US 93 Ronan Mt 406-676-2111 drive thru and curbside

• Ronan: R&R Health Care Solutions Pharmacy 63802 US Hwy 93 Ronan Mt 406-676-5600 will deliver within Ronan city limits, will mail, can do curbside if paid with CC in advance.

• ST. Ignatius: Mission Drug 110 N Main St St. Ignatius Mt 406-745-3000 Call ahead for curbside delivery Will mail except controlled substances and NO PO Boxes

Food / Groceries:

• POLSON: Polson Senior Center –504 3rd Ave E Polson, Mt. 406-883-4735 Open and serving To-Go meals M-F 11:45-12:30 Call ahead for meals. Served curbside.
Home Delivered program (Meals on Wheels continues- call for application).
• Mission Mountain Natural Foods – 319 Main St Polson Mt. 406-883-2847 Regular store hours Call ahead for delivery availability. Will do curbside pickup and charge CC but must call and order ahead.
• Walmart Polson: https://www.walmart.com/store/2607/polson-mt
• Super 1 Foods Polson: https://www.super1foods.net/
• Safeway Polson: https://local.safeway.com/safeway/mt/polson/146

• RONAN: Mission Valley Senior Center, 528 Main St SW Ronan, Mt 406-676-2371 Open for
grab and go meals M-W-F call ahead and leave message to be placed on meal schedule for following day.
• Boys and Girls Club: 62579 US 93 Ronan Mt 406-676-5437 Follow them on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/flatheadbgc/ For additional scheduling and updates
• Harvest Foods: 63802 US Hwy 93, 406-676-3301 No delivery or curbside. Senior
Citizen hours T and Th 6-9 am
• Family Dollar Store: 9 Dayton St SW Ronan 406-552-0859 Patrons can call ahead
and clerk will bring order out to vehicle where they can pay at the vehicle.

• ST IGNATIUS: St Ignatius Senior Center, 212 N Main 406-745-4462 leave message and call ahead to order meals. Take out and Home delivery only.
• Rod’s Harvest Foods: 116 N Main St St Ignatius 406-745-4275 Call ahead and clerk will deliver curbside where you can pay at that time.
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.

• CHARLO: Charlo Grocery, 55609 Mount Hwy 212 Charlo 644-2575 Will do curbside delivery but must be paid with cash or check .

• ARLEE: Wilson Foods, 92345 US Hwy 93 Arlee 726-7777 Service remains same.
http://www.polsonchamber.com/takeoutpolson/ (TAKE OUT ESTABLISHMENTS IN OUR AREA)
• Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes: Continue to provide essential services with Home Delivered Meals provided through the tribal nutritional sites below. For questions about Elder Services, please call Constance Morigeau at 406-675-2700, Ext. 1381.
• Arlee Tribal Nutrition Site 406-726-3221
• Elmo Tribal Nutrition Site 406-849-5022
• Polson Tribal Nutrition Center 406-883-6877
• Ronan Tribal Nutrition Center 406-676-5495
• St. Ignatius Tribal Nutrition Center 406-745-4240

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.

Mental Health:
Mental Health Information
Montana 211 (information for a variety of services and volunteering opportunities)Dial 211 or 406-752-8181
State Mental Health Services Bureau 888-866-0328
Western Montana Mental Health Center 406-532-9190
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
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.

Other Resources:
https://lakecountypublichealth.org/health-alert/ (COVID 19)
http://mdt.mt.gov/publictransit/missoula.shtml (Transportation)
https://www.daines.senate.gov/coronavirus-resources/help-for-montanaseniors (Other resources in the area)
• Helping Hands: P O Box 1094 Polson Jennifer 406-883-8256 Every M & W will drop off groceries, medication call by previous Friday.
• New Life Church: www.newlifepolson.com 1414 2nd St W 406-883-2447 or call 406-304-7013 can assist with different tasks, call for more information.
• Hot Springs City Hall: 109 Main St 406-741-2353 Call for Community Information
• Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran Church: 1192 Mt. Silcox Dr Thompson Falls 406-827-9570 Contacts: Pastor Jacob Berger, Mark and Karen Sheets, Congregation. They are willing to volunteer, and availability will depend on request.
• http://www.polsonchamber.com (Polson Chamber of Commerce)