CHANGE OF TIME: 3/27/2020 Virtual Press Conference Updating on Gallatin County COVID-19


UPDATE: The time of today’s Gallatin City-County Health Department virtual press conference has been changed to 3 p.m. Please see updated release below.

For immediate release: March 27, 2020

Matt Kelley, Health Officer for the Gallatin City-County Health Department, will be holding a virtual press conference today, Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Mountain Time.

Matt will be joined virtually joined by Vickie Groeneweg, Bozeman Health Chief Nursing Officer.

He will be giving a general update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County and answering press questions.

Call-in information is below:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 406-247-0860 United States, Billings (Toll)
Conference ID: 544 714 45#

The press conference will also be streamed live on the GCCHD Facebook page.

The GCCHD Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

3/27/2020 Virtual Press Conference Updating on Gallatin County COVID-19


For immediate release: March 27, 2020

Matt Kelley, Health Officer for the Gallatin City-County Health Department, will be holding a virtual press conference today, Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m Mountain Time.

He will be giving a general update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County and answering press questions.

Call-in information is below:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 406-247-0860 United States, Billings (Toll)
Conference ID: 544 714 45#

The press conference will also be streamed live on the GCCHD Facebook page.

The GCCHD Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

 

3/26/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: March 26, 2020

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 4:45 p.m. there are 14 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Gallatin County. That brings our total to 38 cases. Of those cases, no patients are hospitalized in the county.

For full press release see here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Mental Health Resources Available in Gallatin County

 

For immediate release: March 25, 2020

From Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin –

In the last few weeks our mental health numbers haven’t increased dramatically, however the number of attempted and completed suicides have.

According to our community crisis responder “the acuity of mental health issues is increasing”.  Also, this information does not account for suicidal people who self-reported to the Hope House or the hospital in the same time period.

From March 6 through March 24:

111 calls for service with a nexus to mental health to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Manhattan Police Department, and Bozeman Fire Department.

35 of these were suicide threats
9 of these were suicide attempts
3 of these were completed suicides

For comparison:

Jan. 2020: 164 mental health calls (49 suicide threats, 10 suicide attempts, 5 suicides)
Feb. 2020: 150 mental health calls (60 suicide threats, 11 suicide attempts, 2 suicides)
March 2020 (to date): 144 mental health calls (45 suicide threats, 10 suicide attempts, 3 suicides)

We understand people are struggling, therefore we wanted to give people the resources available in our community and, as always, you can ask for help from your Sheriff’s Office.

While physical access to available resources is getting more restrictive, several outlets remain available for support:

The Help Center is still available by phone 24/7 at 586-3333 for crisis services and they manage an online guide to local resources (including food, housing, employment, and legal assistance) at montana211.org
Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting “MT” to 741-741
Western Montana Mental Health Center is offering online/phone therapy from the comfort of your home: call 556-6500 to schedule
– Acute Crisis Services are still available at Hope House (585-1130) and Bozeman Health Deaconess Emergency Department (585-1000). Individuals should call ahead to be directed on any changes to intake procedures.

3/24/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: March 24, 2020

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Gallatin County. That brings our total to 19 cases.

For full press release see here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

3/24/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: March 24, 2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Gallatin County.

For full press release see here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions about COVID-19 at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

 

Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund

A new fund, the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund, has
been created to rapidly mobilize resources to meet increased needs in our local
communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The creation of the fund is a joint effort between the Greater Gallatin United Way
(GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) to streamline support and
focus it to the areas of our region that need it most at this time.

Those wishing to help people and organizations most impacted during the outbreak in Southwest Montana are encouraged to donate to the Response Fund. Here’s how you can help locally.

There will be a virtual press conference will be at 3 p.m.  Representatives from Greater Gallatin United Way, Bozeman Area Community Foundation and Gallatin County Emergency Management will be in attendance.

The full press release can be found here.

Call-in information:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 406-247-0860 United States, Billings (Toll)

Conference ID: 652 065 464#

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

CORRECTION: Two New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Gallatin County

CORRECTION: The age ranges of the two new female patients was incorrectly reported. The information has been updated and highlighted in red text below.


As of 4:25 p.m. March 22, 2020 we can confirm there are two new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gallatin County, for a total of 10 confirmed cases.

At this point the details we are aware of and able to release are as follows:

  • Female
    a.      Age: 50s
    b.      Exposure: Outside of Montana
    c.      Test collection date: March 20, 2020
    d.      Test results date: March 22, 2020
    e.      Location: Currently isolated
    f.       Condition: good
  •  Female
    a.      Age: 70s
    b.      Exposure: Outside of Montana
    c.      Test collection date: March 21, 2020
    d.      Test results date: March 22, 2020
    e.      Location: Currently isolated
    f.       Condition: good

No further results are expected tonight.

Two New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Gallatin County


As of 4:25 p.m. March 22, 2020 we can confirm there are two new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gallatin County, for a total of 10 confirmed cases.

At this point the details we are aware of and able to release are as follows:

  • Female
    a.      Age: 50s
    b.      Exposure: Outside of Montana
    c.      Test collection date: March 20, 2020
    d.      Test results date: March 22, 2020
    e.      Location: Currently isolated
    f.       Condition: good
  •  Female
    a.      Age: 70s
    b.      Exposure: Outside of Montana
    c.      Test collection date: March 21, 2020
    d.      Test results date: March 22, 2020
    e.      Location: Currently isolated
    f.       Condition: good

No further results are expected tonight.

*This post has been updated with corrected patient ages. 

Gallatin County Office Closures and Restrictions


For immediate release: March 22, 2020

As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Gallatin County offices will be closed to the public to help limit the spread of the disease.

Changes to office operations can change rapidly. You can find the most up-to-date list of all closures and operational changes on the homepage of the Gallatin County website, gallatin.mt.gov.

The most accurate local source of information on COVID019 remains the Gallatin City-County Health Department website
https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Motor Vehicle

The Gallatin County Motor Vehicle Department offices, both in Belgrade and in the Courthouse in Bozeman, will be closed to the public until further notice.

The office is in the process of transitioning to an electronic format that will allow for processing of title and registration transactions online or via mail.

The goal is to have those changes instituted by Friday, March 27. We will update the public online of any changes or alternate solutions as they become available. See latest updates at https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/motor-vehicle-department-vehicle-title-and-registration.

Please call 406-582-3080 if you have any questions.

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Tax payments can be made online at itax.gallatin.mt.gov. Credit and debit card fees are the same online or in person.

Need payoff information or have other questions related to property taxes? Please email us at treasurer@gallatin.mt.gov or call us at 406-582-3033.

Clerk of District Court

The Gallatin County Clerk of District Court’s Office will be restricting public access beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  The Clerk’s office will still provide services to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Documents may be filed by email to GallatinCountyDCFilings@mt.gov or by fax to 406-582-2176. The District Court Judges have issued an order that temporarily suspends the obligations under Rule 15 of the Local District Court Rules to file the original document after fax or email filing. The Clerk’s office is also waiving the fees associated with fax and email filings and encourages all agencies, attorneys, and pro se litigants to file their documents by email or fax.

Documents may also be filed by mailing them to 615 S. 16th Ave., Rm. 302, Bozeman, MT 59715 or by utilizing the secure drop box outside the Clerk of District Court’s Office. If utilizing the drop box, please include any special instructions along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you need anything returned to you. If the documents need immediate attention, please contact our office at 582-2171 or 582-2169.

Contact 582-2171 or 582-2169 if you feel you need to come into the office. Staff will have to determine if the request is something that must be handled in person.

The Clerk’s office will conduct searches without charge during this time. You may send your search request to GallatinCountyRecordsRequests@mt.gov or call 582-2171 or 582-2169.

If you need a Marriage License and are getting married within thirty days, please call 582-2171 or 582-2169 to make an appointment.

Justice Court

Scheduled court hearings are continuing, but as of Wednesday, March 18 open court hearings (which are walk-in appearances held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at mornings) are cancelled until April 6.

Clerk and Recorder

The plat room in the Clerk & Recorder’s Office at the Gallatin County Courthouse has been closed the public indefinitely. The main office, located in room 203 of the Courthouse, remains open for recording and vital record access.

Please call 406-582-3050 for any questions.

911 Records

The 911 Records Office, located in the Law and Justice Center, has closed the records window to the public.

Visitors who come to the Law and Justice Center will be asked at security what they require.

You may complete and submit your requests for records from the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure of what type of request to submit contact the Records Department at 406-582-2005.

Email requests to support_services@gallatin.mt.gov. Fax requests to 406-582-2054.

Mail your request and fee to:

Gallatin County 911 Support Services
615 S. 16th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Payment may be made via phone with a credit card for a $3 service fee. Your records may be emailed or mailed dependent on size and nature of request once payment is received. If mailing, there may be an additional fee to cover postage.

Planning & Community Development

The Planning Office has limited the hours that we are open to the public to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m. or by appointment.  All of our applications, including Property Information Request Forms, can be submitted digitally to planning@gallatin.mt.gov .

Questions:
Questions can be sent to our office over the phone (406-582-3130) or through email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov). We are currently open regular hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our website is: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/planning-community-development.

Property Information Forms:
GIS has created a fantastic portal for you to use. Do you need to know about zoning? Do you need an address? Do you need a septic permit? Start your process here: http://gis.gallatin.mt.gov/pirf/.

Thursday meetings with applicants:
Call our office at 406-582-3130 to set up a Thursday meeting. We will be conducting the meetings as a phone call. The meetings will continue at 30-minute increments.

Applications (Land Use Permit, Variance, Conditional Use Permits, Text Amendments and Subdivisions):
Applications can be either sent via email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov) or through the mail (311 W. Main St., Rm. 108 Bozeman, MT 59715). In addition, we have a drop box in front of our office in which you may place your items.

Invoices will be sent to applicants when the fee is determined. Upon receipt of payment the application will be reviewed. Normal processes will be followed for review times and responses

Advertisement of Meetings and Public Involvement
All advertisements will include the words “or by means of electronic equipment.” Meetings may be held electronically. The public will continue to have the ability to participate and provide comments at 406-582-3130.

We are encouraging the public to take advantage of our services digitally or over the phone and not come into the office unless absolutely necessary.  If a member of the public has a need that can’t be met through our online services or has other questions, we encourage them to call the office at 582-3130.

GIS

The GIS Office has also limited the hours that they are open to the public to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m.  GIS is now able to handle address assignments digitally and is working to develop other digital services to meet customer needs.

GIS staff is encouraging the public to take advantage of their services digitally or over the phone and not come into the office unless absolutely necessary.  Please call 582-3049 or email gis@gallatin.mt.gov for more information.


Media contact:

Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov