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Holy Rosary Executive and Medical Leadership Update on COVID-19 in Custer County

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Miles City, MT - At Holy Rosary Healthcare, our mission to reveal and foster God’s healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, has never felt more real than it has during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite these trying and uncertain times, we are faring well in Custer County. To date, there are no confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Custer County.

Many questions have surfaced around COVID-19 testing and we’d like to address some of these concerns. Until testing supplies and laboratory capacity increase, we are following CDC guidelines and prioritizing testing for those in the higher risk category. Patients who present at Holy Rosary Clinic or our emergency department with COVID-19 symptoms may be recommended for testing by their provider if they also have a concerning travel history, may have been in contact with a positive patient, are over the age of 65 or have other concerning health conditions. Test results are returned within 48-72 hours on average.

Younger, healthy individuals with mild illness do not need to be tested. They should stay home until 7 days have passed from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever resolves without the use of a fever reducing medication and other symptoms improving. Additionally, testing is not recommended in persons who are asymptomatic.

Another area of concern expressed by our community has focused around elective surgeries and procedures. Our number one priority is the safety of our associates and patients. We are currently working with local and state officials to develop plans to begin performing some elective procedures in a limited capacity within the coming weeks.

We want you to understand and take comfort in knowing that Holy Rosary Healthcare has been actively preparing for and working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community and within our facility since January. We have been closely monitoring and conserving our supplies of personal protective equipment, and are even producing sewn surgical wrap masks on site. Other protective measures include: restricting visitors, suspending elective surgeries, training and retraining associates on infection prevention, monitoring associate symptoms and limiting access points to our facility.

Activating our Unified Health Command in partnership with OneHealth and Billings Clinic, along with proactively working with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services are some other measures that have been taken to prepare for potential cases of COVID-19 in Custer County.

We cannot imagine a more giving and loving community to be a part of. We are so humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support we've received throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. These are trying times, but the love and compassion felt from our providers, associates and community is not only heartwarming, but inspiring. Rest assured, we will get through this together.

Karen Costello, President, Holy Rosary Healthcare
Dr. Michael Bush, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Holy Rosary Healthcare 
Dr. Bishow Paudel, MD, Medical Staff President, Holy Rosary Healthcare
Dr. Daniel Brooke, MD, Chief of Surgery, Holy Rosary Healthcare

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.