Big Sky Relief formed as the pandemic progressed last year to help the community through the challenges of quarantines, Stay at Home directives and shortages.
Legendary guitar riffs; the beat of the drum; powerful, playful and beautiful vocals will once again be heard on summer nights in Big Sky – if all goes well. Those behind Music in the Mountains are vowing to do everything they can to bring the music back.
The connecting power of music extends like a thread throughout the community.
The Big Sky School District (BSSD) board recently voted to extend the mask requirement in the school. The BSSD COVID-19 surveillance testing dashboard indicates a rise in cases from previous weeks. BSSD Superintendent Dr. Dustin Shipman said he does not have a theory on the origin of the cases.
Bozeman Health Big Sky COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been streamlined similar to flu shot clinics – expediting service while maintaining social distancing.
The Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine administration has been paused by the United States Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Drug Administration due to rare but serious instances of blood clotting.
Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley provided an update as to how that impacts the county.
The Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund has seen an influx in funding thanks to a $50,000 challenge grant from the Mericos Family Foundation as well as a $25,000 challenge grant from AMB West Philanthropies. These contributions have paved the way for a $225,000 goal and second round of appropriations.
Being Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) Health Officer during a pandemic, particularly during one with such polarization and debate regarding masks and vaccinations is a career-defining task.
There is no stagnancy during a pandemic. As the virus has altered, so have local health rules. The Gallatin City-County Board of Health, with the job of keeping the populace safe, has made a number of changes to local emergency rules. Those rules have been established to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County.
Sixty two doses of COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Big Sky School District 72 faculty and staff. This came as a result of a March 17 vaccination clinic held in the Ophir Elementary School gym. The effort was a part of the federal allocation of vaccines earmarked for educators and school staff.
Covid-19 related group gathering restrictions have been loosened. The Gallatin City-County Board of Health unanimously approved a motion to amend a public health rule pertaining to COVID-19 during a special meeting on March 12. The motion was made by board member Christopher Coburn and seconded by board member I-Ho Pomeroy.