Mental Health Crisis Support Available

For immediate release: August 25, 2020

The social isolation and disruption of lives that have come with COVID-19 have impacts beyond medical, social, and financial. For some people, the strain reduces their ability to cope with life and can causes psychological crisis. Many coping mechanisms, such as time with friends and family, have become more difficult. On top of that, access to resources that might help people cope, such as therapists or the food bank, has been restricted.

Over the last five months, drug and alcohol use has been an increasing element of calls where people are reaching out for help. Calls for Community Crisis Response (CCR) have gone up five times. When law enforcement is called for a welfare check, the CCR therapist often responds as well. Some calls involve psychosis or other mental health crisis; some people need access to resources that can help them cope. Completed suicide rates haven’t risen, but suicide threats have sharply increased. Many of the calls come from friends, counselors, and social service providers who are worried about someone’s threats to kill themselves.

Law enforcement and mental health providers are working together to help people through this tough time. If you are worried about someone’s mental health, there are resources available, in addition to private therapists and Western Montana Mental Health Center.

In an emergency, you can call 911 and request a CIT-trained deputy or the Community Crisis Response therapist. If there isn’t an emergency yet, you can call 582-2100 and make the same requests.

– Sheriff Brian Gootkin

8/25/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 25, 2020

As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,046. There are 30 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,013 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.

8/25/2020 Gallatin City-County Board of Health to Meet on Aug. 27


For immediate release: August 25, 2020

At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health will consider extending its Phase Two reopening emergency rule and a new emergency rule to allow for visitation at long-term care facilities. Both measures are designed to make practices and rules in Gallatin County consistent with statewide directives.

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. for 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.

Rock Climbing Rescue in Gallatin Canyon

On August 23 at 2:45 pm, Gallatin County 911 received a report that a 64-year-old man had fallen 6-8 feet while rock-climbing on the Silver Foxes in Gallatin Canyon. The man sustained a laceration to his calf. An off-duty AMR paramedic was in the area and assisted in stabilizing the wound, then hiked to the Lava Lake Emergency Call Box to get help.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members responded from Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley. The man was reached by short haul, a technique where rescuers are suspended below a helicopter and flown to the patient, where they put the patient in a litter and fly them out to a safer location. The man was flown to a waiting ambulance and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

8/24/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 24, 2020

As of Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has had 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday, Aug. 21, for a cumulative total of 1,038.

There were nine new cases reported on Saturday, two new cases reported on Sunday, and two new cases reported on Monday.

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.

 

Porcupine Creek Rescue

On August 22 at 4:30 pm, Gallatin County 911 received a call from a man who reported that his dirt bike had broken down in an unfamiliar area up Porcupine Creek Trail in Big Sky, MT.  The caller stated he did not have food or supplies, wasn’t sure how far he was from the trailhead, and requested help getting out.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded to assist the stranded dirt biker. He was located near the main Porcupine Creek trail at in good health and was able to walk to the trailhead on his own.

Blackmore Rescue

On August 21, 2020 at 7 PM, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called out for a report of an injured mountain biker. The 39-year-old man was mountain biking with his wife near Mount Blackmore when he crashed and dislocated his ankle more than five miles from the trailhead. He was able to get cell coverage to call 911 dispatch. Search and Rescue responded with ground teams and a helicopter. Life Flight Network also responded, but could not land due to the warm weather and high elevation. The SAR heli rescue team was able to land and pick up the injured biker, who was transported to a waiting ambulance.

The man was extremely lucky to have cell service and not have life-threatening injuries. In addition, he was lucky to have been extricated by helicopter. The next option would have been a drawn-out ground rescue with a one-wheeled litter. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that travelling in the backcountry is dangerous and rescues may take a long time. Always be prepared to be out longer than you expect, including overnight, when you head to the backcountry.

8/21/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 21, 2020

As of Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,027. There are 22 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,002 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.

8/20/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County


For immediate release: August 20, 2020

As of Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,025. There are 27 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 995 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.

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


For immediate release: August 19, 2020

As of Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 1,015. There are 30 confirmed active cases and no current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 982 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.