BSMC pharmacist Wendy Rogers prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for injection. PHOTO COURTESY BOZEMAN HEALTH

Another piece of the puzzle in fight against coronavirus

Big Sky Medical Center staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations and Resort Tax makes moves for CARES Act reimbursement

Big Sky Medical Center received 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 23.

This allotment will be enough to immunize all Big Sky Medical Center employees who want to and are able to be immunized at this time, Bozeman Health Marketing and Communications System Director Lauren Brendel explained.

It is one piece of the puzzle as the community strives to protect the populace from the disease as much as possible.

“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that more than 50% of all infections are transmitted from people who are not exhibiting symptoms,” a Big Sky Relief update stated. Beginning Jan. 4, the free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests can be picked-up and dropped off at the old American Bank building located at 1700 Lone Mountain Trail.

Big Sky Resort Area District (Resort Tax) recently submitted an official request for a local government services reimbursement from the state through Madison County Board of Commissioners, which unanimously approved endorsing it.

“We are just trying to get reimbursed for what we think is a fair request of CARES Act dollars, testing certainly seems to qualify,” Big Sky Resort Area Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale said of the $750,000 of Resort Tax funding used to launch the community surveillance testing.

Earlier in the year, Resort Tax wrote a letter to the congressional delegation to endorse increasing testing supplies for Montana.

“We requested supplies and financial support and in order to move this program forward we needed to commit our dollars to make things happen. We are simply seeking reimbursement of those dollars,” he said.

According to data from the state website, $1.25 billion Cares Act dollars allocated to the state through the federal program, Gallatin County has received the most thus far from Montana Coronavirus Relief Grant Awards: around $97.7 million, followed by Yellowstone County with close to $96.5 million and Missoula County with around $95.8 million. Madison County has received $4.6 million, placing it in the lower third of allocated dollars of Montana counties.

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