COVID-19

Participants in the community testing effort followed the signs for a streamlined process that minimized risk for healthcare workers and residents. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Assessing COVID in the community

A steady stream of vehicles made way through the Big Sky Medical Center parking lot recently, as nearly 700 people from the Big Sky community were tested to see if they were asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. Demonstrating the importance of this kind of testing: a study just released by the Office of National Statistics in the U.K.

Shred Shack bicycle repair shop is now operating in By Word of Mouth, where an infrequently used server station used to be. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Pivoting prowess

Analytical thinking rates high with business-savvy folks, but when combined with creative ideas – well, that is when magic can happen. COVID-19 created countless obstacles for business owners, but it also generated a shift in thinking – and in some cases, opportunity. The power and the prowess to pivot cannot be underrated, especially now.

Steady rise in COVID cases

A holiday famous for gatherings, July 4th is being greeted by steadily growing COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County. The five days prior to Wednesday’s press call presented five new cases in West Yellowstone, six new cases in Big Sky and 38 cases in the Gallatin Valley.

Free COVID-19 testing

Testing is available for free to all asymptomatic individuals in the Big Sky community on July 1. 

The testing will come for a swab in the nose, but is not the nass-pharyngeal (NP) method that people find uncomfortable, Big Sky Resort Area District Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale explained. 

Big Sky resident Dane Campbell gets coffee for his girlfriend at the Caliber Coffee walk-up window after riding his mountain bike. “Everybody is doing the right thing and doing the best they can,” he said. “I’m bummed out because it was looking so good, but now a bunch of locals have it.” He said he has been staying home as much as possible and is confident the community will get through this. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

UNTIL COVID IS KAPUT

There are intricacies to doing business. It is a dance – and sometimes an incredibly uncomfortable one. Throw a pandemic into the mix and things can become downright complicated, especially for restaurants.

Ava King and Ace Beattie have a meeting at the Discovery Academy to discuss future steps of Big Sky Youth Corps. PHOTO COURTESY BARBARA ROWLEY

FOOTING from the FLUX

With the world in a state of flux, high school and college students look to a summer that will be startlingly different than anticipated. Lone Peak High School graduate and Yale University Sophomore Ava King noticed the unpredictable nature of life for her younger cohorts.

COVID-19 ONCE AGAIN IN BIG SKY

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Gallatin County as of June 17 – those cases are in Big Sky and in the Gallatin Valley. For these cases, a variety of transmission methods came into play: community transmission, out-of-state travel and contact to known cases, a Gallatin City-County Health Department press release explained.

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