8/31/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 31, 2020

As of Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has had 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, Aug. 28, for a cumulative total of 1,092.

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.

8/28/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 28, 2020

As of Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,074. There are 42 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,029 people recovered in Gallatin County. Three people have 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.

8/28/2020 New Weekly COVID-19 Surveillance Reports


For immediate release: August 28, 2020

Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) on Friday initiated publication of a weekly COVID-19 surveillance report to provide the community and policymakers with regular and predictable access to key community-level metrics to help inform decision making.

See the full press release here. And see the first weekly report here.

GCCHD Health Officer Matt Kelley will be available today, Friday, Aug. 28, at 2 PM Mountain Time to answer questions from reporters. Call-in information is below.

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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.

Procession For Tom Duffy Update

(Gallatin County, Mont) UPDATE: The procession for Tom Duffy will leave the airport after 3:00 this afternoon. Tom is currently being escorted to the airport in Oregon and it will take several hours to get him back to Bozeman.

The route will take Airport Road > Frontage Road > N. 7th > I-90 eastbound > East Main > Haggerty Lane > Dahl Funeral Home.

8/27/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 27, 2020

As of Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,072. There are 44 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,025 people recovered in Gallatin County. Three people have 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.

Procession for Tom Duffy Thursday

(Gallatin County, Mont) Tom Duffy, the helicopter pilot killed Monday while fighting a fire in Oregon, will arrive at the airport tomorrow and be escorted to Dahl Funeral Home by members of his family, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, US Forest Service, and Hyalite Fire Department. The aircraft bringing him home will tentatively land between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The procession route will start at the Central Helicopter hanger then proceed to Airport Road, the Frontage Road to N. 7th, then get on I-90 eastbound to E Main, to Highland Blvd, to Dahl. The public is encouraged to pay their respects during this time.

Bozeman Police Chief to retire

For immediate release: August 26, 2020

Contact: Bozeman Police Chief, Steve Crawford
406-582-2031 (office)

Bozeman, MT – Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford has announced his intent to retire as he has accepted a position with the State of Montana, Department of Justice to become the next Bureau Chief of the Narcotics Bureau within the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.

Chief Crawford will retire from the City of Bozeman effective September 10, 2020.  Chief Crawford began his career in 1994 as a patrol officer and served in many assignments and areas within the organization during his twenty-six year career with the BPD.  He has been the chief of police since May of 2015.

Chief Crawford noted, “Whether it was as a patrol officer in the beginning of my career, or in one of the many other roles that I have been fortunate enough to serve in, including the last five plus years as the chief of police, I have greatly valued the opportunities to give back to our community that I have been afforded as a member of this department and the City of Bozeman. 

I am also very proud of the accomplishments of the men and women of our police department, where it is positioned now, as well as moving forward into the future.  From the newest officer to the interim chief, you will find no finer group of professionals that will continue to serve our community and keep it the safest large city, and whom I’m very proud to have served with.

I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Montana in my next professional chapter.”

City Manager Jeff Mihelich will appoint Deputy Chief Jim Veltkamp as the interim chief while the City develops a recruiting and hiring process to begin the search for the next chief.

Police Chief Steve Crawford, courtesy of the City of Bozeman

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Local Search and Rescue Pilot Killed Fighting Oregon Fires

(Gallatin County, Mont.) It is with great sadness that Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office announces that Tom Duffy, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter pilot, was killed in a firefighting accident in Oregon Monday. He was conducting bucket drops on the White Fire to help firefighters battle the blaze, which was burning in rough terrain in Mt Hood National Forest.

Tom is the third generation of the Duffy family to fly rescue missions for SAR. He has flown SAR rescue missions for 20 years and his most recent missions was on Aug 15, when he flew 3 times for the GCSAR helicopter team. Tom was a world-class rescue pilot who instilled confidence in SAR volunteers on every mission. He was a big man with a big heart who brought calm and skill to every mission.

When God opened a door, Tom walked through it, which led him to many adventures and skills. In addition to flying, he was a husband, father, business owner, and church member. He went big in everything he did and will be deeply missed in the GCSAR community and beyond.

Media inquiries: Sheriff Brian Gootkin (406)582-2125

Photo courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Labor Day Patrols

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Make the Right Choice – Celebrate the End of Summer with a Sober Ride
Increased Patrols in Gallatin County from August 19 to September 7

August 25, 2020, City, Mont. –Despite daily life being different this year, one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to enjoy the summer season with family and friends. Historically, Labor Day Weekend is a popular travel time with increased traffic on the roads, and this year is anticipated to be no exception as people drive instead of fly and Montanans stay to enjoy our outdoor recreation opportunities rather than travel out-of-state. It is more important than ever to drive safely and plan for a sober ride. All Gallatin County law enforcement agencies and the Montana Highway Patrol will be watching for impaired driving through the Labor Day Weekend, as part of the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization.
Message from your Gallatin County Law Enforcement Leaders: “We all understand that everyone wants to enjoy this three-day weekend, But we want you to do it responsibly. Beyond risking your personal freedom and safety, driving impaired is a choice that puts other lives in danger. That’s why we are increasing patrols during the extended holiday period of mid-August to early September, to make sure no one’s summer ends with injury or even worse, death. That’s our commitment to every Montanan.”
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), show that 38% of all traffic fatalities during the Labor Day holiday period in 2018 involved a drunk driver. In Montana , over the last 10 years (2010-2019), there have been 110 fatalities within the two-week period up to and including Labor Day weekend. Drivers impaired by alcohol (BAC >= 0.080) were involved in 36 percent of these .
Beyond the risk of injury or death, choosing to drive impaired in Montana has serious and costly consequences. It can result in:
• Receiving a DUI.
• Having your license revoked.
• Possible jail time.
• Up to $10,000 in fines.
Montanans are encouraged to take part in this effort by reporting any suspected impaired drivers to local law enforcement by calling 911 and helping to ensure all friends and family have secured sober transportation. Wearing your seat belt continues to be the best defense in the event of a motor vehicle crash, so buckle up every trip, every time, and remind other passengers in the vehicle to do the same.
This is a Vision Zero message from the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero – zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, contact Janet Kenny, Montana Department of Transportation, 406-444-7417 or jakenny@mt.gov

Alternative accessible formats of this document will be provided on request. Persons who need an alternative format should contact the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Transportation, 2701 Prospect Avenue, PO Box 201001, Helena, MT 59620. Telephone 406-444-5416 or Montana Relay Service at 711.

Chief Steve Crawford – Bozeman Police Dept.                                                                 Sheriff Brian Gootkin – Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Dennis Hengel – Manhattan Police Dept.                                                                    Chief Bill Dove – Bozeman/Yellowstone Airport Police Dept.
Chief E. J. Clark Jr. – Belgrade Police Dept.                                                                       Chief Kevin Gillilan – Montana State University Police Dept.
Capt. Mark Wilfore – Montana Highway Patrol District 7 Commander

8/26/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

For immediate release: August 26, 2020

As of Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,051. There are 31 confirmed active cases and 0 current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,017 people recovered in Gallatin County. Three people have 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.