10/22/2021 COVID-19 Boosters Approved

 

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2021

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has approved a “booster” dose for the Moderna mRNA and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations; they also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings. The ACIP approval, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for use are important steps to advise our vaccination processes and keep Gallatin County residents safe and healthy. Even with these booster dose approvals, Gallatin County’s top priority is distributing vaccines to unvaccinated people. 

Please read the full press release here.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Bozeman Health and Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) are providing combined clinics for both Moderna and Pfizer, hosted at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit the GCCHD website and make a plan to get your COVID-19 vaccine today!

    • Fri. Oct. 22 – Pfizer and J&J – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MSU with Best Practice Medicine
    • Sat., Oct. 23 – FLU SHOTS – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallatin County Fairgrounds with GCCHD
    • Bozeman Health and GCCHD combined clinic – appointments are preferred to ensure an efficient process. We have plenty of vaccines so we will not run out.
      • Tues., Oct. 26 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Wed., Oct. 27 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Thurs. Oct. 28 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Fri., Oct. 29 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
    • Saturday, October 30 – Janssen – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manhattan – HealthCare Connections
    • Sunday, October 31 – Pfizer and Janssen – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – MADE Fair at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse – Best Practice Medicine

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

10/21/2021 COVID-19 Death

For Immediate Release: October 21, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that one more Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. 

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

10/20/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that three more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. 

    • Wed., October 20 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • Thurs., October 21 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • Fri., October 22 – Pfizer and J&J – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MSU with Best Practice Medicine
    • Sat., October 23 – Flu shots – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallatin County Fairgrounds with Gallatin City-County Health Department

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

10/15/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that five more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. 

    • October 16 – Pfizer and J&J – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gallatin Valley Mall with Best Practice Medicine
    • October 18 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • October 19 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • October 20 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • October 21 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • October 22 – Pfizer and J&J – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Montana State University with Best Practice Medicine
    • October 23 – Flu shots – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallatin County Fairgrounds with Gallatin City-County Health Department 

Visit our website to make a plan to get your COVID-19 vaccine today.

November General Election Ballots Mailed to Gallatin County Voters

Gallatin County Election Department

For immediate release: October 13, 2021

The Gallatin County Election Department mailed ballots for the 2021 Municipal General Election today, Wednesday, Oct. 13, to all registered active voters in Gallatin County. Voters will likely start seeing ballots in their mailbox later this week. A total of 75,070 ballots were mailed. Return postage for ballots is prepaid for this election.

Sample ballots can be found here.

Ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, in order to be counted. Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day but received after Election Day cannot be accepted.

Ballots may be returned by mail. The Election Department advises mailing them no later than Oct. 27 to ensure they arrive on time.

Ballots may also be dropped off in person at the following locations:

Gallatin County Election Department
311 West Main Street, Room 210, Bozeman

Belgrade City Clerk’s Office
91 East Central Avenue, Belgrade

Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office
207 South 6th Street, Manhattan

Three Forks City Hall
206 South Main Street, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Town Clerk’s Office
440 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone

Ballots can be dropped at any of these locations Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Election Day from 7 AM to 8 PM.

And for those who want to vote in person or didn’t receive their mail ballot, please visit the Gallatin County Election Department, located in room 210 at the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

This information will be provided to voters on instructions that come with each ballot.

If you still need to register to vote in this election or update your registration, you must appear in person at the Gallatin County Election Department. The deadline to register or update registration is noon on Monday, Nov. 1 – the day BEFORE Election Day. We can no longer process new registrations on Election Day.

The Election Department is located in room 210 of the Gallatin County Courthouse at 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Visit www.MyVoterPageMT.com to make sure your registration is up to date.

For questions or more information, call us at 406-582-3060, email us at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov, or visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.

10/6/2021 COVID-19 Death

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that one more Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

Find information on COVID-19 vaccines in Gallatin County here.

Registering AED Locations in Gallatin County

For immediate release: October 5, 2021

This October, during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation is rewarding communities for identifying and registering AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Tim Martindale – Director of Gallatin County 911
Tim.Martindale@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-2092

9.27.2021 Upper Triple Tree Rescue

On September 27, 2021, at 8:34 am, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call for help at the Upper Triple Tree Trail. While returning to the trailhead, a cyclist was going over rough terrain and braked hard, causing them to fall forward over the handlebars resulting in multiple injuries. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Hyalite Fire, and AMR were dispatched to the trailhead.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue resources arrived on scene with the cyclist approximately half a mile from the trailhead. Search and Rescue members assisted Hyalite Fire and AMR with bringing the injured biker to the trailhead via one wheeled litter.  AMR subsequently transported the individual to Bozeman Health for further evaluation.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind recreationalist that accidents can happen to anyone, no matter the experience level.  Always recreate with a friend when possible and carry a reliable source of communication should anything happen.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Liberty County Train Derailment – Sunday Release

Press Release

Sunday, September 26, 2021

(Chester, Liberty County, Mont)

As of 2:00 Sunday afternoon the Liberty County Sheriff’s office has been able to account for all of the passengers that were on board the Amtrak train that derailed yesterday.  Challenges included the number of patients, transports to 5 different medical facilities around the state and manifest discrepancies.  The passengers were triaged and treated at two community clinic/medical Center in Chester and Shelby.  Ten of those with more serious injuries were transported to Great Falls, Havre and Kalispell.  The number of fatalities remains at 3.  Next of kin are still being notified so the names will not be released at this time.  The Liberty County Sheriff’s has completed its investigation and will be transferring the scene to NTSB when they arrive later today.

Sheriff Erickson thanks the neighboring Counties and their first responders for the assistance, he said, “Or neighbors made a tragic event better and no doubt saved lives.”

Assisting Counties included; Glacier, Hill, Toole, Blaine, Phillips, Pondera, Chouteau and Cascade.

All press inquiries will be handled by Amtrak and by NTSB starting this afternoon.

Sheriff Nick Erickson

9.24.2021 Portal Creek Lost Hunter

On September 24, 2021 at 6:04pm, a hunter called 911 due to being lost in the backcountry near Portal Creek. The hunter had a well charged cellphone but spotty cell service. After providing essential information to dispatch and Search and Rescue personnel, the hunter was instructed to remain stationary and keep checking in at regular intervals via phone. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded with ground volunteers, including a search dog team.  Billings Clinic MedFlight assisted by flying over the area to confirm the coordinates obtained from the 911 call.  The helicopter crew spotted the lost hunter at dusk.  With darkness fast approaching it was determined that landing at a safe location nearby could bring a speedy conclusion to the rescue.  With MedFlights assistance, the lost hunter was collected and flown to a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy at another location for further assistance.

For the next couple of months, hunting season will take hunters off trail into new terrain. Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind them to be prepared for unexpected overnights, have a map and compass and know how to use them, and consider bringing a GPS locating device. In this case, the hunter was able to send out a call for help and then remain stationary so responders could come to that location. Recognizing when they were lost, calling for help early, and not compounding the situation by continuing to move, helped the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue team bring this event to a quick and safe conclusion.