HELENA, Montana, USA
Actress Sharon Stone criticized the lack of testing for COVID-19 in Montana, where her sister and brother-in-law are hospitalized with the respiratory virus.
Stone posted a video on Instagram Sunday expressing frustration at the dearth of testing for healthcare workers and people in contact with someone who has COVID-19, “like my mother, who had two heart attacks, five stents and a pacemaker in the last five months, ”Stone said. His mother was not tested because she had no symptoms despite her previous health problems, Stone said.
Stone’s sister, Kelly Stone, also has lupus, “and she’s not doing well,” the actress said.
“The stress, the burnout, the exhaustion that is happening in that hospital collides with the conflict in court where people carry guns and say it is their right not to wear a mask,” Stone said.
The governor’s office did not return Stone’s calls and state health officials have hung up on him, Stone complained.
Stone called the governor’s office last week and offered ideas to increase testing, but did not say he had a family member hospitalized at the time, the governor’s office said Monday. A representative from the Montana Citizens’ Ombudsman’s office spoke with Stone Monday morning, Gov. Steve Bullock said.
“We have been in contact with our physicians to ensure they have the resources they need for testing,” and that test results are faster, said Bullock.
The state health department did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Kelly Stone had posted videos on Instagram from her hospital bed, where she is on oxygen. Sharon Stone has not said where her sister is hospitalized.