$1 million appropriated for emergency response to COVID-19

Big Sky Resort Area District meeting results in steps for community health

$1 million was just allocated by Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) for the emergency response to COVID-19 via unanimous board approval. $500,000 will be made available to Big Sky Medical Center. 

“We have been working with the community foundations to purchase eight ventilators,” Board chair Kevin Germain said, explaining that five will be for the Bozeman area and three specifically for Big Sky.

 Loren Bough with the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation has been working very closely with Bozeman Health, Germain noted. 

“Luckily, we put those orders [for ventilators] in early, and we have a guarantee of within two weeks,” he said.  “Another need is an analyzer: one could live in Big Sky Medical Center for very near time [COVID-19 test] results. We have a four-room hospital –essentially – and there are four unfinished rooms.” 

The remaining funds will be used to make those four additional hospital rooms available for use in the case of a COVID-19 surge. 

The other $500,000 will go toward other emergency community efforts, from helping the Big Sky Community Food Bank to working with Women In Action in funding mental health efforts. 

A two-person Resort Tax subcommittee approval will be required for the completion of requests. 

Also, in an effort to understand community needs and encourage communication, Resort Tax has set-up a website that will soon be online: bigskyrelief.org. 

See the full story in the March 26 issue. 


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