Gallatin City-County Health Board Extends, Adds Restrictions


On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Gallatin City-County Health Board voted to extend current restrictions on bars, brew pubs, casinos and restaurants to April 3, and to expand restrictions to other types of facilities.

Read full press release here.

See the full emergency health rule here.

For the most accurate local information about Coronavirus in Gallatin County visit
https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Emergency Meeting of Gallatin City-County Board of Health



The Gallatin City-County Board of Health will be meeting at 3 p.m. today, March 18, 2020, to consider an emergency rule that could extend the longevity of and type of restrictions placed on public and private gathering spaces.

See the full press release here.

For the most accurate local information about Coronavirus in Gallatin County visit
https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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

Emergency Declarations in Gallatin County


For immediate release: March 18, 2020

(Bozeman, MT) – On Wednesday March 18, 2020 during separate emergency meetings the Gallatin County Commission and the Bozeman City Commission signed and ratified emergency proclamations in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19.) Pursuant to Montana Code Annotated 10-3-402 government bodies have the authority to issue emergency proclamations.

The Gallatin County declaration allows activation of local emergency plans and authorization and the furnishing of aid and assistance.

The City of Bozeman declaration allows for the activation of emergency plans, authority to close facilities and buildings, cancellation of meetings, and other administrative decisions as made by the City Manager included in the proclamation.

Gallatin County Commission Chairman Don Seifert says, “We know that the effects of COVID-19 will reverberate through our community for an extended time. The Gallatin County Commission is committed to minimizing the impacts to our citizens. We will continue to allocate Gallatin County resources to ensure that Gallatin County remains safe and healthy.”

Bozeman Interim City Manager Dennis Taylor says, “Our organizations have been working tirelessly in response to Novel Coronavirus for weeks. Regardless of a declaration, the public needs to know that our response efforts have been ongoing and this is just a step in the process.”

The City of Belgrade and the Town of West Yellowstone each signed their own emergency declarations earlier this week, and the City of Three Forks intends to do so later this week.

For the most accurate local information about Coronavirus in Gallatin County visit
https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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

Second Case of Novel Coronavirus Confirmed in Gallatin County

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) confirmed a second positive case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a person living in Gallatin County.

Read the full press release here.

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

Gallatin City-County Health Department Sets Up COVID-19 Call Center


The Gallatin City-County Health Department has set up a call center for people who have novel coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions or concerns.

See full press release here.

For the most accurate local information on Coronavirus in Gallatin County, visit https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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

City of Bozeman Closures and CAncellations in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/16/2020

Contact:

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

City of Bozeman Closures and Cancellations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bozeman, MT— Starting on March 17, 2020 the City of Bozeman Library and Parks and Recreation departments will be closing all facilities and cancelling all programs until further notice. In addition, all non-essential public meetings will be canceled until further notice.

Library:

  1. The Library building and mobile outreach will be closed until further notice.
  2. All Library programs, events, classes, and group activities have been cancelled as of Saturday March 14, 2020
  3. Book drops for returns will be unavailable, patrons will NOT be able to return items during the Library’s closure.
  4. Due dates for library items will be extended another 8 weeks.

Parks and Recreation:

  1. All recreation facilities will be closed until further notice, this includes the following:
    – Bozeman Swim Center
    – Story Mill Community Center and Parks and Recreation Department main office
    – Beall Park Recreation Center
    – Lindley Center
    – Story Mansion
  2. All Recreation Facility reservations are cancelled until further notice, full refunds for cancelled reservations will be issued. The City will not accept new reservations for recreation and park facilities until May 1, 2020.

Cancellation of Meetings:

All non-essential public meetings of any board, agency, or committee of the City other than the City Commission are cancelled until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed with approval from the City of Bozeman City Manager.

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Order Closure for Bars and Restaurants in Gallatin County

An order issued Monday by Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley imposes restrictions on bars, brew pubs, wineries, casinos, and restaurants in order to help reduce spread of COVID-19 and slow down the current pandemic.

See the full press release here.

Matt Kelley will be holding a press conference at the Gallatin County Coordination Center (219 E. Tamarack in Bozeman) at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 

For questions on the press conference, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at 595-8963.

Gallatin City-County Health Department Hosting Multi-Agency Press Conference to Discuss Coronavirus

On Friday, March 13 at 2 p.m., the Gallatin City-County Health Department will be hosting a multi-agency press conference to discuss coronavirus (COVID-10) preparation and planning in Gallatin County.

Montana has no reported cases of the virus so far, but the situation is changing rapidly and continuously. Agencies across the area have been and will continue to prepare to respond when we detect cases of COVID-19 in Montana and Gallatin County.

Friday’s press conference will feature representatives from the Gallatin City-County Health Department, Bozeman Health, and other local agencies, organizations and governments.

The press conference will be held at 2 p.m. in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and recorded for those who cannot attend.

For questions about Friday’s press conference, please contact:

Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963

Melody Mileur, City of Bozeman Communications Coordinator
Cell: 406-579-9237

2020 Treasure State Spelling Bee Suspended Until Further Notice

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Matthew Henry announced today that, due to the unfortunate outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, the 2020 Treasure State Spelling Bee scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, in Bozeman has been suspended until further notice.

Details on rescheduling the bee or cancellation will be provided as future guidance on the outbreak is available.

“We regret the untimely circumstances but are proceeding with the utmost caution by cancelling the event,” Henry said. “We commend the spellers for their achievement and appreciate the long hours of practice that each has put into preparing for the state bee. We hope to see you on the contest stage soon as conditions allow.”

Please visit the Gallatin City-County Health Department website for more information and resources on the coronavirus. If you have questions about what is happening in Gallatin County, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, you can reach the Health Department 24 hours a day at 406-582-3100.