Montana state and local public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely. Please check for updates frequently as the situation evolves.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms, or are worried that you might have COVID-19, please reach out to one of our community medical partners. Please do not show up to a facility before calling.
Alluvion – 406-454-6973
Benefis – 406-455-2500
Great Falls Clinic – 406-454-7275
CCHD – 406-454-6950
July 1st, 2020, 5:45 pm:
Tonight, July 1st, we add one newly confirmed case of COVID-19, bringing our total to 33. The new case is a male under the age of 18. This case was found through contact tracing of previously confirmed patients.
As always the individuals are isolated and the Cascade City-County Health Department is performing contact tracing.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Practice prevention daily:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid close contact
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health
As always, these individuals are isolated and the Cascade City-County Health Department is performing contact tracing. Anyone who comes up in our investigation as having been exposed will be contacted.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 please call ahead to your provider and arrange to get tested! If you do not have symptoms but would like to be tested, visit Alluvion Health’s drive-through surveillance testing clinic (open 7 days a week). Call 406-791-7929 or visit alluvionhealth.org for more information.
Alluvion Health is opening a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic on Monday, May 4th, at 10am.
Please call 406-791-7929 to be screened for drive-thru COVID-19 testing.
CCHD Phase 2 Event Guidance & Reopening After COVID Information (6/3/2020)
Bar Seating Guidance During Phase 2 (6/3/2020)
UPDATED 04/30/20 CCHD Phase 1 Business Guidance & Reopening Information with FAQ
UPDATED 6/24/20 – FAQ on Reopening Montana Phase 2
Appendix A: CCHD Environmental Health – Guidance Packet for Reopening Retail/Other Businesses (05/11/20)
Appendix B: DPHHS Food & Consumer Safety Division – Guidance Packet for Reopening Food Establishments & Bars (05/11/20)
CCHD Health Officer: Local Order for Reopening Cascade County
Montana Phased Plan: “Reopening the Big Sky”
Please visit our “In The News” page for all Governor’s Directives and Orders of the Health Officer from the Cascade City-County Health Officer, Trisha Gardner.
You can find the Governor’s plan for “Reopening the Big Sky” along with other key documents here : Joint Information Center.
The Montana State Library has put together an excellent summary of COVID-19 in Montana, the number of cases, recent policy changes to mitigate impact, and more. Check out their dashboard here (and note that there are several tabs): https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b
Please find updated information from Montana State DPHHS here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt
Governor Bullock has instituted a Coronavirus Task Force, and you can find their website here: https://covid19.mt.gov/
On March 26, 2020, at 4:15pm, Trisha Gardner, Cascade City-County Health Department Health Officer, issued a revision and extension of her previous March 20th order. This builds on the foundation set by Governor Bullock’s “Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 extending closures and updating social distancing requirements and guidance,” but adds restrictions to the following types of businesses:
- All body art, tattoo, and piercing establishments;
- All hair, nail, and cosmetic salons/studios;
- All hair, nail, and cosmetic schools/training facilities; and
- All spa and massage services, except those massage services contained within state-licensed physical therapy or chiropractic practices.
The revised Order is effective from 11:59pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, through 11:59pm on Friday, April 10th.
For information about the impact of COVID-19 on the City of Great Falls, visit their page: https://greatfallsmt.net/citymanager/covid-19-updates
On March 26, 2020, at 4:30pm Governor Bullock announced that he was issuing a shelter-in-place directive that will go into effect at 12:01am on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will remain in effect through April 10th.
Sheltering in place means that all persons may leave their homes or places of residence only for essential activities or to operate essential businesses and operations.
To see announcements for all of Governor Bullock’s directives, click here:
Resources by audience :
Frequently visit the “Novel Coronavirus” pages on both the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites, or check back on this page, which will be updated.
- The CDC’s dedicated COVID-19 page, which includes detailed information for travelers, healthcare professionals, and more.
- The Montana State DPHHS webpage dedicated to COVID-19, which has news and recommendations for locals.
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adultsPeople who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
For people who are at risk for serious illness from COVID-19, the CDC has specific recommendations. Click here for their most current guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
On March 30, 2020, Governor Bullock issued a new Travel Directive, which requires people coming in from out-of-state to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Any person coming to Montana from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. If a person will be present in Montana for fewer than 14 days, that person must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit.
- Any person who has already arrived in Montana from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose before the date of this Directive must immediately self-quarantine for the remainder of a 14-day period beginning on the date of their arrival in Montana, or until their departure from Montana—whichever is sooner.
- The Montana Department of Commerce will advise persons listing hotels, rental properties, or other short-term rentals in Montana—including but not limited to listings on such services as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and related services—to include notice of the mandatory quarantine for travelers from another state or country.
- These quarantine restrictions do not apply in the following circumstances:
- to persons traveling through Montana en route to another destination; or
- to public health, public safety, or healthcare workers
- These quarantine restrictions shall apply to Montana residents and non-residents alike.
- In addition to these restrictions, persons required to self-quarantine under this Directive shall also comply with the requirements of all other Executive Orders and Directives issued by the Health Officer. This Directive shall not be construed as limiting the effect of any previously issued Directive or Executive Order.
Are you a business owner? See CDC’s guidance for businesses here.
Your business may be affected by Governor Bullock’s Directive on March 20, 2020, which is effective through 11:59am on April 10th.
Read the original directive or see additional guidance for your business from the Montana Alcoholic Beverage Control Division here: http://www.cchdmt.org/in-the-news/. You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions document on the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force Page.
The governor is utilizing guidance from the Department of Homeland Security to determine what qualifies as essential business and operations. Please read this document to learn if your business services are essential or not: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce
If you cannot determine from the “Essential Infrastructure Workforce” guidelines whether your business should be closed, please call the State hotline : 1-800-755-6672
Governor Steve Bullock announced recently that small businesses across Montana impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration. Visit U.S. Small Business Disaster Assistance to apply.
For order violation complaints regarding businesses in Cascade County, or to seek guidance for your business, please email CCHD at email@example.com or call 406-454-6950.
We’ve had a lot of questions from the community about testing capacity and procedures in Cascade County.
Montana continues to follow recent guidance from CDC regarding testing for COVID-19. Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
Testing capabilities for COVID-19 are expanding rapidly, and we are hopeful that more testing will be available in Cascade County sooner rather than later.
Learn more on the CDC’s Symptoms & Testing page.
There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19 at this time. Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19, but you should call 9-1-1.
If you’re over 60 and you have underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for coronavirus and how to manage symptoms. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, though research is underway. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including :
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For recommendations on cleaning and disinfection in facilities with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html