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Free COVID-19 testing offered in Lake County

by Daily Inter Lake
| June 14, 2020 1:00 AM

The Lake County-Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Unified Command Center will be offering all Mission Valley residents a free COVID-19 test at four different testing sites over four days beginning Wednesday.

According to a press release, residents of Lake County and/or the Flathead Indian Reservation are invited to attend the drive-thru event, which “will be the largest testing event in Montana.”

While times may vary, it’s estimated that the drive-thru process will take no longer than 30 minutes and participants can expect their results within a week.

The test will only show if you are currently infected. The press release stresses it is not an anti-body test that reveals if participants have ever had the virus.

Those who are tested will need to provide contact information to receive their results. At this time there is no age limit to test, but minors must have a parent or legal guardian consent for testing.

According to the press release, “testing data is one of the best tools for the medical community to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus” and “testing for COVID-19 is simple, a quick nasal swab.”

The testing efforts are part of Gov. Steve Bullock’s goal to test 60,000 Montanans a month, prioritizing tribes, long-term living facilities and other vulnerable populations.

The locations and dates for the testing events are: Arlee Celebration Grounds on June 17, Salish Kootenai College in Pablo on June 18, Polson High School Parking Lot on June 19 and Standing Arrow Celebration Grounds in Elmo on June 20. For more information call 406-275-2779 or email