6/26/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 26, 2020

The Gallatin City-County Health Department on Friday announced six additional COVID-19 cases in individuals from many areas of Gallatin County and urged residents and visitors to avoid settings such as parties, large gatherings, or crowded bars and restaurants where social distancing may be difficult.

As of 5 pm on June 25, 38 individuals in Gallatin County had tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 over the past seven days, for a cumulative total of 236 cases in Gallatin County during 2020. There were 32 confirmed active cases as of 5 pm on Thursday. Of those cases, none are hospitalized.  (One person hospitalized earlier this week was discharged from the hospital.)

The cases reported this week live and work in many areas of Gallatin County. The Health Department this week has identified 10 cases in Big Sky, two cases in West Yellowstone, and several cases in the Gallatin Valley. (The West Yellowstone cases were reported after 5 pm on Thursday and will be reflected in the daily report total on Saturday.) The Health Department is also working with Montana State University to respond to five COVID-19 cases affiliated with the university. In all cases the Health Department is working with those who have been diagnosed, relevant local authorities and doing extensive contact tracing and testing to identify others who may have the disease.

“We are now seeing widespread community transmission similar to what we saw in late March and early April,” said Matt Kelley, Health Officer with Gallatin City-County Health Department. “And we are seeing significant numbers of cases in people who have been in crowded bars, parties, and other events.”

One way to measure cases in a community is through a rolling 7-day average of new cases.  In Gallatin County the rolling seven-day average has increased by 50% over the past 14 days, from 3.6 cases per day two weeks ago to 5.4 cases on Friday. (A graphic showing the rolling seven day average is included in Figure A below.)

Kelley said the steadily increasing case numbers is concerning in light of rapid and expansive growth of outbreaks in other parts of the nation, including Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma.  Other states experiencing rising numbers of cases include Montana, Utah, Idaho, and Washington.

“This is serious and we need people to take it seriously,” said Kelley. “That means people should avoid crowded settings, wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult, and stay home when they are sick, even with mild symptoms.”

Especially concerning, Kelley said, is that a significant number of cases in Gallatin County are experiencing mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. That increases the possibility that the disease may be spreading among people who do not know or believe they are sick. This sort of disease spread can be more extensive and can lead to more serious illness in others, Kelley said.

Kelley reinforced the importance for all Montanans to take precautions and limit contact with others in order to protect themselves and to protect people with health conditions that make them especially vulnerable to the disease.  He urged young people to be aware that their presence in crowded parties, bars and other settings can accelerate disease spread and could cause them to carry the virus to those who are most vulnerable.  Kelley said being within six feet of others for 15 minutes or more increases the risk to spread and contract the disease.

“This is not just about you,” Kelley said. “This is about protecting your loved ones and your community.”

In light of the rise in cases, Kelley said Gallatin City-County Health Department will be taking a cautious and measured approach to efforts to allow visitors in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that serve seniors. Gov.  Steve Bullock announced this week that the state would move to allow more visitation of people in long-term care settings.  Kelley urged families and care centers to take a cautious and patient approach, and reminded all that the Gallatin City-County Board of Health local emergency health rule continues to restrict visitation in order to protect seniors.

“We agree on the need to find ways to allow seniors to see their loved ones, and we are determined to make that happen in the safest possible way,” Kelley said.  “Over the next 10 to 14 days, we will be working with facility managers, families, and the Board of Health to develop new guidelines that allow visitation in a way that protects seniors.”

Kelley noted that a high percentage of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have happened in long-term care settings, where the disease can spread rapidly and where residents are especially vulnerable.

Kelley noted that the rise in cases has been accompanied by a detected presence of the virus in wastewater samples gathering in Big Sky and Bozeman. Sewage samples gathered in Three Forks have not detected the virus to date, and samples gathered in West Yellowstone were still pending Friday afternoon. Click here to learn more about how it works and access data: https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/wastewater-data/

To view this press release as a PDF click 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.

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6/25/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 25, 2020

As of Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 8 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 229. There are 29 confirmed active cases. Of those cases, one patient in the county is currently hospitalized. There have been a total of 199 people recovered in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

The new cases are located in Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley, and are contacts to known cases and community spread.

See the full press release 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.

6/24/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 24, 2020

As of Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 221. There are 28 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 192 people recovered in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

The new cases are located in Gallatin Valley, and are community spread.

See the full press release 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.

6/23/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 23, 2020

As of Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 2 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 219. There are 26 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 192 people recovered in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

The new cases are located in the Gallatin Valley. One case is travel related and the other community spread.

See the full press release 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.

 

6/22/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 22, 2020

As of Monday, June 22, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday evening, for a cumulative total of 217. There are 25 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 188 people recovered in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

The new cases are located in Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley. The cases were contracted by a combination of community transmission and contact to known cases.

See the full press release 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.

 

Statement from Bozeman City Commission

 

For immediate release: June 5, 2020

Intolerance reflects on all of us, and there is no place for bigotry or racism in Bozeman or Montana or anywhere.

As we have witnessed the racial injustice against George Floyd and others, we must reaffirm our commitment to Bozeman being a welcoming community. Continuing that progress demands transparency, ongoing work, and a never-ending dedication to being an inclusive community.

We strongly support and welcome the rights of citizens to express their views. Each of us can and must be advocates for justice and equity–committing to acting in solidarity against racism and acts of discrimination, injustice, and violence.

As a city, Bozeman will review its practices to make sure they uphold these important goals; such as training for police and city employees, the importance of de-escalation policies, strict limits on the use of force, hiring practices, and accountability.

We have an obligation to our citizens and our sworn law enforcement officers to continually provide proven tools, training and policies to reinforce and to advance the positive, collaborative partnership between the Bozeman Police Department and the citizens they protect and serve.

Bozeman for years proudly has been a city striving to show that “all are welcome.” Let us embrace this opportunity for our community to listen to one another, to renew our commitment to inclusivity, and to act and participate in our community so that Bozeman remains a place worthy of all people.

Chris Mehl, Mayor
Cyndy Andrus, Deputy Mayor
I-ho Pomeroy
Terry Cunningham
Michael Wallner

An Open Letter to the Community from Gallatin County Law Enforcement

For immediate release: June 4, 2020 

An open letter to the community:

The tragedy that occurred in Minneapolis involving law enforcement and Mr. George Floyd is not reflective of the professionalism, values, or service provided by your law enforcement agencies here in Gallatin County or throughout the state of Montana. The events transpiring across the United States have impacted our nation deeply. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the larger questions and issues raised that need to be addressed on a national scale and continue at the local level.

The law enforcement agencies of Gallatin County want to assure our citizens that we are committed to serving our communities with accessibility, fairness, and transparency, consistent with our communities’ values. Each agency maintains a strong record of faithful service to our community members in accordance with national best practices, policies, and Montana law.

Collectively, we practice stringent hiring practices with thorough background checks and psychological testing. Throughout their professional careers, law enforcement officers receive rigorous training in all areas including anti-bias, anti-racial profiling, de-escalation, and crisis intervention, as well as recognizing implicit bias. Our agencies have policies in place prohibiting racial profiling as well as use-of-force policies requiring all uses of force to be reviewed at multiple levels.

We are committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all citizens and value each member of our communities. We believe that diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us stronger as a community.

Trust is earned through our actions and we are devoted to continuing our strong relationship with our community. We will continue our commitment to serving with empathy and the highest professional standards.

Chief EJ Clark – Belgrade Police Department

Chief Steve Crawford – Bozeman Police Department

Chief Bill Dove – Gallatin County Airport Authority

Chief Kevin Gillilan – MSU Police Department

Sheriff Brian Gootkin – Gallatin County

Chief Scott Newell – West Yellowstone Police 

Captain Mark Wilfore – Montana Highway Patrol

Statement from Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 1, 2020 

From Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford,

With regard to the George Floyd in-custody death in Minneapolis, we are dismayed and deeply troubled by what occurred and what we saw on that video.  There is no justification for the actions of the now former officer, nor for the failure of the other officers at the scene to intervene, that resulted in Mr. Floyd’s tragic death.

Our organization values the sanctity of human life and the importance of treating all persons with dignity and respect and this act was none of that.  Yesterday, Bozeman gathered to voice its commitment to being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. As a profession, we are sworn to protect our communities and all of those within. Please know that your police department is committed to keeping Bozeman safe in partnership with our fellow community members.

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New City of Bozeman City Manager takes the helm

 

For immediate release: May 27, 2020 

Contact:
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
406-579-9237 (cell)
Email: mmileur@bozeman.net

Bozeman, MT— Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the City of Bozeman’s new city manager Jeff Mihelich will begin in his new role. The Bozeman City Commission selected Jeff Mihelich to be the city’s top employee at the April 20, 2020 City Commission meeting. The selection follows a rigorous nationwide search for candidates followed by interviews of the finalist conducted by city staff and community members.

Jeff Mihelich comes to the City of Bozeman with 28 years of experience in large cities, small towns, and counties. Prior to employment with the City of Bozeman he served as the Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in Fort Collins, Colorado.

City Manager Mihelich says, “I’m excited to continue my work in public service here in Bozeman. This community has many opportunities and challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to using my experience to help shape positive and sustainable growth.”

Jeff’s career focus areas include Affordable Housing, Climate Action Planning, Growth Management, Economic Development, Downtown Revitalization, Capital Project Management, Parks and Natural Areas, Solid Waste and Recycling, Transportation, Mobility, Transit, Arts and Culture, Private-Public-Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Budget Development, Finance, Neighborhood Revitalization, Recreation Services, Sports Events and Tourism.

Bozeman Mayor Chris Mehl says, “Having a highly qualified City Manager with as many years of experience as Jeff is an exceptional move for Bozeman. His recent work in a similar mountain town as well as his areas of expertise align him well for our future needs.”

City Manager Mihelich will be available to the media for electronic only interviews. Media interested in an interview should reach out to Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator, at 406-579-9237 to schedule.

City Manager Jeff Mihelich
Image: Jeff Mihelich

 

 

 

 

 

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5/9/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: May 9, 2020

As of Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 149.  There are 3 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 145 people recovered and 2,643 tests in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release 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/.