BIG SKY, Mont. – Big Sky Relief, the collaborative COVID-19 relief effort, today announced the Big Sky Winter COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Partnership to keep the community healthy and businesses open entering the winter season.
Gov. Steve Bullock has announced new public health orders, including limits on gathering sizes and restaurant and bar operations, in response to a continued surge of new COVID-19 infections in Montana.
New health restrictions were enacted on Friday via a unanimous decision by the Gallatin City-County Board of Health after a meeting that lasted over five hours.
Big Sky now has $1 million in its arsenal dedicated to testing for COVID-19, which will help combat the virus and keep the local economy rolling. The value of this move was highlighted this week as all Italian ski resorts shut down for one month due to rising case numbers.
The Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) Fall Funding Cycle is set to have final appropriations by Nov. 12. after two meetings. This is the first year funding has been split into spring and fall, but COVID-19 presented so many unknowns that the board decided to show caution.
As COVID-19 case numbers surge all over the county, Big Sky proves no exception. Gallatin City-County Health Department contract tracing in the area has led to two week quarantines and an impact on the high school. Lone Peak High School’s (LPHS) varsity volleyball team’s quarantine ends Oct. 24th.
This last week, Gallatin County saw the largest spike in COVID-19 case totals since the pandemic began. Other counties in Montana are seeing similar increases, as noted during Governor Steve Bullock’s Tuesday afternoon press call. In fact, 31 other states have seen spikes.
No one could have predicted what would happen in Big Sky as a result of COVID-19. There were a slew of variables and moving parts. The best and the brightest of the local business world made projections, but no one predicted how squarely Big Sky would be placed on the map by the pandemic.
Gallatin County residents who wear masks in public places may be invited to play a game.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) recently moved to weekly COVID–19 reporting.