Actress Sharon Stone criticizes COVID-19 testing in Montana

Actress Sharon Stone is criticizing the availability of COVID-19 testing in Montana, where her sister and brother-in-law are hospitalized with the respiratory virus

HELENA, Mont. -- Actress Sharon Stone is criticizing the availability of COVID-19 testing in Montana, where her sister and brother-in-law are hospitalized with the respiratory virus.

Stone's sister, Kelly Stone, also has lupus, “and is not doing well,” the actress said.

“The stress, the strain, the exhaustion that’s happening in that hospital is met with the conflict around the courthouse where people are carrying guns and saying that it’s their freedom not to have to wear a mask,” Stone said.

Stone called the governor’s office last week and offered ideas to increase testing but did not indicate a family member was hospitalized at the time, the governor’s office said Monday. A representative from the Montana Citizens’ Advocate office spoke with Stone on Monday morning, Gov. Steve Bullock said.

“We’ve been working with our healthcare providers to make sure that they have the resources they need for testing,” and getting test results more quickly, Bullock said.

The state health department did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Kelly Stone has been posting videos on Instagram from her hospital bed, where she is on oxygen. Sharon Stone has not said where her sister is hospitalized.