In speaking with friends here in Big Sky either on the phone or keeping our distance in public, some of the discussions revolved around how protected are we in this small rural community if one of us were to be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Governor Steve Bullock hosted a press call on Tuesday, March 31 to address the prior day’s directive requiring travelers entering Montana borders to self-quarantine for 14 days. Gov. Bullock also spoke to monetary assistance for hospitals and prohibited eviction of tenants unable to pay rent during the stay at home order.
After a press call with Gov. Bullock on March 26, Montana is to follow a shelter in place directive effective Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
A classic debate of philosphy: do the times define the person or does the person define the times?
Big Sky, known for big skiing, is also known for leaders. Instead of being blindsided by COVID-19 developments, Big Sky’s leadership has been quietly working hard for some time. That foresight is allowing quick and decisive action.
Three of the 16 COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County discussed in a morning meeting March 24 have ties to Big Sky. There is also evidence to suggest transmission within the Big Sky community, Director of Clinical Services & Operations at Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center (BHBSMC)Taylor Rose told local leaders.
An additional $1 million has been added to the local COVID-19 relief effort thanks to community organizations.
$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.
Non-urgent medical services at Bozeman Health Care Sites are temporarily suspended effective immediately, although patients requiring urgent or emergent care will continue to be cared for appropriately, according to a recent Bozeman Health press release.
A fourth COVID-19 case in Gallatin County was discussed during a media briefing today by Lori Christenson, public information officer for Gallatin City-County Health Department.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department issued a sweeping order on Monday, March 16 in response to COVID-19 pandemic concerns and the potential for crowds to gather in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.