5, Sentinel Montana reported 341 COVID-19 cases and the deaths of four more people in an update Sunday morning to the ... Flathead with 87 (506 active) ... Gianforte rescinds restrictions … 0, St. Ignatius Flathead County reported a record 96 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Oct. 9. Skiers and boarders will see a number of changes at Whitefish Mountain Resort this season as the ski area officially opens as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Flathead County. 3, Hellgate But unlike those counties, Flathead has imposed no crowd-size restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, despite pleas from local hospital officials. 34, Glacier “This is about community health, and sustaining the Whitefish economy,” stated Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld, who serves as a member of the task force. ArcGIS login … 14, Sentinel 1, Sentinel Flathead County Parks. 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If not available use hand sanitizer. 42, Flathead If you enjoy stories like this one, please consider joining the Flathead Beacon Editor’s Club. 0, Hellgate Yellowstone County also announced Friday it does not have enough vaccine to move into Phase 1B. 14, Big Sky These proposals come on the heels of a contentious week of back-and-forth between Gov. 0, Charlo 35, Flathead The proposed plan will be discussed during the Oct. 15 board of health meeting, which will be held via Zoom video conference starting at 1 p.m. Public comment can be submitted via email at BoardofHealthAdmin@flathead.mt.gov with your name and city. The Flathead County commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to rescind their prior declaration of a COVID-19 emergency, which made available hundreds of … Steve Bullock’s administration in Flathead County District Court last week followed growing tension between local officials about how and if to enforce public health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. But unlike those counties, Flathead has imposed no crowd-size restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, despite pleas from local hospital officials. Presently, Yellowstone, Gallatin and Missoula counties prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people, and Cascade County has capped gatherings at 50. 4, Capital 12, Capital Steps you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19): Wear a cloth face covering in public spaces. The data did not include the addition of the 140 confirmed cases on Friday. 2, Helena For All Office Hours Click Here. Deaths 60. Members also gain access to www.beaconeditorsclub.com, where they will find exclusive content like deep dives into our biggest stories and a behind-the-scenes look at our newsroom.Join Now, Hellgate Flathead City-County Health Department Fax 406-751-8102. The Flathead County Board of Health voted 4-to-4 on a proposal on Nov. 2 for increased restrictions on social gatherings meaning the measure did not pass. In Flathead County, A COVID-19 Hotspot, Enforcement Of Health Restrictions Remains Lax. This website is meant to be a forum in which members of the Flathead Valley community can share information and resources with each other to better be equipped to handle this crisis. Whitefish City Council sent a letter to the Flathead City-County Health Board, 2021 Montana Prep Basketball Rankings: Jan. 19. 8, Big Sky Steve Bullock and the Flathead County commissioners. Covid-19 cases in the county spiked following the July Fourth holiday weekend. 1, Columbia Falls Flathead County's Online Surplus Auction Items are posted at the beginning of each month and each auction continues until the end of the month, at which time items that receive bids are sold to the highest bidder. As of Friday, January 15, Montana reports a cumulative total of 88,635 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 515 new cases since yesterday, 5,089 active cases, and 82,460 people considered recovered. Please, practice strict personal safety measures, limit gathering in groups, treat others with respect, and be courteous to those around you.”. Yellowstone County leads the state with 1,077 active COVID-19 cases, followed by Gallatin with 613, Cascade County, Lewis and Clark County with 518 and Flathead County with 506. 3, Thompson Falls Steve Bullock’s administration in Flathead County District Court last week followed growing tension between local officials about how and if to enforce public health restrictions … The local health department’s data showed a weekly rate of positive cases at just above 12% Oct. 24-30, which is down about a percentage point from the previous week. 35, Glacier Currently, event organizers are recommended to submit a plan but not required to do so. The restraining orders filed by Gov. The county attorney didn’t want to enforce it,” said Colomeda. On Friday afternoon, the health board posted an agenda for its emergency meeting on Nov. 2, when members will convene to discuss a new Health Officer Order that would limit indoor gatherings to 500 people, while providing exceptions to traditional places of worship. In Flathead County, the health department is asking the county Board of Health on Thursday to authorize new restrictions if the case numbers average 50 per day per 100,000 people during the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1, or any Monday through Sunday following that. Flathead County received 137 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and to date there have been 23 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths of Flathead County residents. Flathead City-County Health Department: 406-751-8101. 0, Butte The Flathead City-County Health Department has outlined several new restrictions that would go into effect next month if the county does not see a sharp decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 by that time. Last month, as Bullock announced the Flathead County court cases, he urged people to report other businesses that violate COVID restrictions … 0, Flathead We need a clear, coordinated approach to bring this surge under control rather than a patchwork of regulations and enforcement.”. Flathead Mutual Aid is a community based, volunteer led effort to educate, inform, and support each other through the Coronavirus pandemic. The Montana health department confirmed 515 new COVID-19 … A separate measure to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus at large events is also on the agenda. 0, Florence Use of this site is subject to the Flathead Beacon's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. 7, Capital The board was due to vote on a measure that would limit all social gatherings to no more than 25 people regardless of the ability to social distance and reduced capacity at bars, restaurants and churches to 25 percent. Wash hands often with soap and water. © 2021 Flathead Beacon, All Rights Reserved. 1, Loyola 35, Glacier 1, Hellgate To register for the Flathead City-County Health Board’s Zoom meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2, as well as to submit public comment, visit its website here. Shoppers wearing face masks stroll around downtown Whitefish on July 13, 2020. Missoula County officials are holding a meeting to discuss COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the county. 1, Loyola 0, Hellgate DISCLAIMER: All information received by the Flathead City-County Health Department regarding compliance with the Governor's Directive is public record. Use of this site is subject to the Flathead Beacon's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If the number of new cases exceeds 375 (about 53 cases per day) for the week of Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, the following restrictions would go into place beginning at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4: The order would not include schools or school activities, which would continue operating under existing guidelines. Therefore, the Department may be required to release information about your concern or comment and … The county proposal also directly confronts two talking points frequently used by those opposed to COVID-19 restrictions, including outspoken board of health member Dr. Annie Bukacek, and details the stress the department has been under as it struggles to keep up with mounting caseloads. Montana is having a dramatic increase in COVID cases over … 28, Glacier If you enjoy stories like this one, please consider joining the Flathead Beacon Editor’s Club. Community spread of COVID-19 is still taking place, according to the local public health department. The county … The Flathead County Board of Health Thursday refrained from imposing any new health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Flathead County posted 44 new cases bringing the county to 460 active. Stan Sneath talks to a client at the Missoula County COVID-19 drive-through screening site on Wednesday. Additionally, the 23 COVID-19 deaths in the last seven months surpass the number of fatalities from auto accidents in the county in 2017 (11) and 2018 (9) combined. Flathead County Commissioners ... Get your act together or more restrictions are coming. Stan Sneath talks to a client at the Missoula County COVID-19 drive-through screening site on Wednesday. Public Health Emergency after hours, weekend and holiday calls 406-756-2900. COVID-19 Line (7 days-a-week) 406-751-8250. 12, Big Sky 3, Bigfork 0, Charlo In the FCCHD proposal, the county health department compares the severity of COVID-19 to influenza and car accidents, writing that the county’s 23 deaths from the coronavirus are more than the 19 combined influenza deaths in the county in the last four years. Skiers and boarders will see a number of changes at Whitefish Mountain Resort this season as the ski area officially opens as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Flathead County. In a proposal prepared for the Flathead City-County Board of Health, including outspoken board of health member Dr. Annie Bukacek, mitigate the spread of the coronavirus at large events, deflecting any responsibility for managing the virus, 2021 Montana Prep Basketball Rankings: Jan. 19, Social gatherings will be limited to no more than 25 people, regardless of the ability to socially distance, The capacity at bars, restaurants and churches will be set at 25%. 42, Flathead Flathead County began receiving limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine in mid to late December. The Whitefish City Council did adopt some temporary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus during Halloween weekend, when bars operating in city limits must close an hour early, but the council’s agenda for Nov. 2 includes the consideration of longer-term restrictions. 0, Hellgate As of Friday, January 15, Montana reports a cumulative total of 88,635 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 515 new cases since yesterday, 5,089 active cases, and 82,460 people considered recovered. 7, Capital Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon. 2, Big Sky 0, Helena Avoid contact with people who are sick. “If we are diligent, we can keep our community safe and our town open.”. Public Health Emergency after hours, weekend and holiday calls 406-756-2900. Ultimately, the purpose of the task force is to stop or slow spread of COVID-19 in Whitefish so that schools and businesses can stay open, city officials stated. Flathead City-County Health Department Fax 406-751-8102. The most recent seven-day period in which data was available in Flathead County showed 522 cases were confirmed from Oct. 3-9, well above of the number required to implement the proposed measures. 0, Sentinel Missoula County Health Officer Ellen Leahy says that the mask mandate and all other restrictions currently in place will remain in effect until further notice. Montana is having a dramatic increase in COVID cases over … Vaccine distributors in Flathead County are following a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution based on recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), and Governor Gianforte’s COVID-19 … 9, Flathead Earlier this week, the Whitefish City Council sent a letter to the Flathead City-County Health Board outlining its frustration “with the lack of leadership and acknowledgement of science on the board,” and urging board members to reconsider their Oct. 15 decision rejecting new measures. 3, Loyola Help us tell stories like this one and get other great perks by joining the Editor’s Club for as little as $5 per month. For All Office Hours Click Here. The Flathead County Board of Health Thursday refrained from imposing any new health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. The proposed health order by Tamalee St. James Robinson, interim health officer for the Flathead City-County Health Department, closely mirrors one of her previous recommendations that the board rejected, voting 5-3 at its Oct. 15 meeting in a move that frustrated some community members and elicited calls for action from Whitefish city officials. Yellowstone County has reported 74 deaths due to COVID. 3, Hellgate Ten long-term care facilities are currently in the midst of outbreaks and unable to accept transfers of residents, the department wrote, stressing hospital capacity, and additional outbreaks in the county in the last month have been linked to 14 restaurants and bars, at least four churches, three political events and two trade shows. Furthermore, the department confirmed that 11 staff members have been reassigned from their normal job duties to address the pandemic and that 22 temporary part-time staff are chipping in, although the department is still “unable to find assistance in a fast enough manner to address the large increase in cases.”. Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. As of that date, 500 cases in the county were active and 21 people were hospitalized. “Our main goal is to stop spread of COVID-19, keep our schools and businesses open and prevent our healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed,” St. James Robinson said. That measure, if approved, would go into effect on Oct. 15 and remain in place through the end of the year. To view currently open positions with the county please check our job listings page. 9, Flathead COVID-19 restrictions in Montana extended through April 24. Gallatin County said it will not be able to initiate Phase 1B until the week of January 24th at the earliest. “We have been taking patients from Browning, Hamilton, Butte, Glasgow, Malta, all across the state,” she said. 44, Capital 4, Bigfork For example, Knudsen says face coverings will be mandatory for all guests visiting the mountain. “For those of you who do not trust these recommendations, we know that we are probably not going to change your minds. 14, Big Sky In Whitefish, 24 students are currently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, with 10 staff members testing positive, according to St. James Robinson, while the county on Thursday reported its 27th death related to the virus. 1, Hellgate In Flathead County, the health department is asking the county Board of Health on Thursday to authorize new restrictions if the case numbers average … Confirmed Cases 9,590. Enforcement of state COVID-19 health restrictions will head to court in Flathead County in early November. Yellowstone County health officer John Felton said Monday he would limit public or private gatherings to no more than 25 people, inside or outside, starting Wednesday. 4, Bigfork If you enjoy stories like this one, please consider joining the Flathead Beacon Editor’s Club. Flathead Mutual Aid is a community based, volunteer led effort to educate, inform, and support each other through the Coronavirus pandemic. 0, Florence Although the past two weeks reflected a slight downturn in the number of new COVID-19 cases locally, Montana health officials reported 1,063 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 30, marking a new record, while Flathead County officials confirmed 140 new cases, which is by far the largest single-day total since the outbreak began. The agenda includes an open letter to Flathead County residents from the board of health acknowledging intense divisions over how local governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the adoption of requirements to limit the spread, such as wearing masks in public settings. During the press call, Flathead and Yellowstone counties were highlighted as COVID-19 hot spots, but Bullock said he was especially concerned about Flathead County, which tallied 62 … Confirmed Cases 9,590. The proposed new restrictions could limit gatherings to no more than 25 people, regardless of the ability to socially distance; and set 25% capacity restrictions on … 2.8% Since last week. Bullock asked for hot spot counties to take action to mitigate the rapid spread of the virus, specifically mentioning Flathead County, and the county commissioners responded by deflecting any responsibility for managing the virus and offering support for residents who choose to ignore directives offered by the governor’s office like wearing a face covering in public. “Your inability to enact vital ordinances to keep our county healthy puts communities such as ours in the position of having to consider enacting restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 without any county support,” the letter states. As Flathead County’s health officer prepares to introduce a revised proposal to limit indoor gatherings, city officials in Whitefish have entered discussions of their own over whether to tighten restrictions on local businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Flathead County Board of Health is discussing a proposal for increased restrictions on social gatherings as new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. In a proposal prepared for the Flathead City-County Board of Health, the department ran through a litany of troubling indicators of the virus’ recent spread and laid out a Control Measure Plan that would go into effect next month if approved by the board. 14, Sentinel This website is meant to be a forum in which members of the Flathead Valley community can share information and resources with each other to better be equipped to handle this crisis. The Flathead County Health Department performs COVID-19 testing at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell on Oct. 7, 2020. The board was due to vote on a measure that would limit all social gatherings to no more than 25 people regardless of the ability to social distance and reduced capacity at bars, restaurants and churches to 25 percent. 0, Helena 3, Bigfork Members also gain access to www.beaconeditorsclub.com, where they will find exclusive content like deep dives into our biggest stories and a behind-the-scenes look at our newsroom.Join Now, Hellgate 1, Hellgate By: ... Flathead County: 31 Total Cases | 5 New Cases ... there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County. 2, Big Sky 0, Butte Enforcement of state COVID-19 health restrictions will head to court in Flathead County in early November. Flathead County posted 44 new cases bringing the county to 460 active. 3, Helena Any business that sells alcohol would have to close by 10 p.m. The Flathead County Board of Health Thursday refrained from imposing any new health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. 28, Glacier 16, Butte 0, Sentinel 3, Loyola For more information on how to submit public comments to Whitefish City Council prior to its meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, visit the city’s website here. Flathead County COVID-19 Community Indicator Dashboard Click here to view Flathead County Community Indicators. If you enjoy stories like this one, please consider joining the Flathead Beacon Editor’s Club. 5, Sentinel The number of COVID-19 cases in Flathead County has been doubling every 28-30 days, St. James Robinson said, while hospitals in more rural areas of the state are diverting patients to Kalispell Regional Healthcare. 1, Hellgate Help us tell stories like this one and get other great perks by joining the Editor’s Club for as little as $5 per month. For Flathead County COVID-19 Coronavirus information, please click here. The Flathead County commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to rescind their prior declaration of a COVID-19 emergency, which made available hundreds of … For as little as $5 per month, Editor’s Club members support independent local journalism and earn a pipeline to Beacon journalists. 16, Glacier Flathead County, Whitefish to Consider New COVID-19 Restrictions The county health board will consider limiting indoor gatherings, while Whitefish officials … By: ... Flathead County: 31 Total Cases | 5 New Cases ... there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County. 13, Helena Montana reported 341 COVID-19 cases and the deaths of four more people in an update Sunday morning to the ... Flathead with 87 (506 active) ... Gianforte rescinds restrictions … Colomeda said … Any permit requests for 50 or more people will need to have prior authorization from the County Health Department before they will be considered by the Parks Department. 3. 1, Sentinel St. James Robinson said the growth of new cases has slowed in recent weeks, but the volume of patients testing positive for COVID-19 is still taxing county health resources and hospital staff. To view currently open positions with the county please check our job listings page. 3, Libby Tamalee St. James Robinson, Flathead County interim public health officer, declined to impose coronavirus restrictions. 3, Thompson Falls “We all want this pandemic to be over, but pretending it does not exist will not help to keep our schools open and our businesses thriving. 12, Big Sky “Again, we must unify. 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