Category Archives: COVID-19

Community Strength: Young residents lifting spirits with posters; young seamstress making masks for medical staff; Giant Springs Elementary hosting ‘bear hunt’

It’s Friday and the sun is shining so for as long as this pandemic continues, The Electric is going to try to a roundup of positive community activities on Fridays. To start today’s off, we’ve got positive posters created by the athletes at Rise Athletics and Elevation team. “They all created positive posters to display in their front yards to

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March 27 COVID-19 updates: 7th case assigned to Cascade County; law enforcement offers more info on stay at home order; airport office closed, flights ongoing; library stops curbside; GFPD lobby closed; Benefis ask for N95 masks, other supplies; total of 121 cases in Montana now

Cascade County City-County Health Department Tonight, a seventh confirmed case of COVID-19 was assigned to Cascade County. Cascade County City-County Health Department said tonight that the case is a man in his 50s who tested positive in another Montana County, but is a Cascade County resident, so his case is assigned to Cascade County. “But we have learned that the

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March 26 COVID-19 updates: First Montanan dies of COVID-19; Cascade County has another confirmed case; Bullock issues shelter in place; county health officer closes tattoo parlors, salons, spas; Bus service suspended through April 11; Montana now has 90 cases

Tonight, Gov. Steve Bullock announced the first death in Montana of a COVID-19 patient. “I’m heartbroken to learn of Montana’s first death due to COVID-19. Especially during these times, Montana truly is one big small town-this news hits us hard, but we’re in this together,” Bullock said in a release. “My family and I send our love and support to

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GFPS board approves plans for closures; four substitute teachers laid off

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously to approve the district’s plan for continuing distance learning, providing meals and other services through April 10 under the governor’s closure order. The plan will next be submitted to the governor’s office. GFPS staff made the draft plan available for public review on its website immediately following the governor’s announcement

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Bullock gives counties option to do June primary by mail due to COVID-19; Cascade County will do mail ballot

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on March 25 allowing counties to expand mail voting and early voting for the June primary. “This is about protecting Montanans’ right to vote at a time we face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bullock said in a release. “Locally elected officials best understand the voting needs of their communities, and taking this

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March 25 COVID-19 updates: Two more cases confirmed in Cascade County; Malmstrom raises health protection level; airport operating normally, TSA Pre-check canceled; GFPS teacher parade; city mapping office closed to public; state up to 65 cases

Two additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Cascade County tonight, bringing the county’s total to five cases. One is a male in his 30s, and one is a male in his 50s, according to Cascade City-County Health Department. “CCHD’s infectious disease team is actively communicating with each individual and we are conducting contact investigations. In these investigations, we’ll identify

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March 24 COVID-19 updates: School closures, dine-in restrictions extended to April 10; Catholic schools closed through May 4; election updates; county landfill changes; changes to GFPD operations, city animal shelter; GF Clinic now accepting homemade masks;

Gov. Steve Bullock announced this afternoon that the directives closing schools and placing restrictions on restaurants, bars and more have been extended through April 10. Those directives may be extended or shortened based on future directives, Bullock said on March 24. Those directives were scheduled to expire on March 27, but Bullock said he wanted those entities to have more

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Several Great Falls businesses closing temporarily due to COVID-19

The following businesses have closed their doors temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not an exhaustive list but The Electric will keep a running list here as much as possible. A number of restaurants have transitioned to take-out or delivery options, more info on that is over here and here. March 27 Sora and Co.: “Sora is getting ready

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March 23 COVID-19 update: Beer Week moved to September; city planning office closing to public; county goes to phase 3, significantly adjusting staffing; city commission affirms declaration of emergency and expanding city manager’s authority; free addiction counseling; Bullock issues directive on hospital capacity, medical supplies

Great Falls Craft Beer Week has been postponed to Sept. 13-19 due to COVID-19. It was originally scheduled June 7-13. Total cases in Montana According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services there are now 45 cases of COVID-19 across the state. One of those cases is counted in Montana though the woman was tested and remains

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March 22 COVID-19 updates: CCHD provides more information on Cascade County cases; Great Falls Clinic offering telehealth options; local hospitals not accepting handmade masks; St. Vincent de Paul updates services

The three Cascade County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 recently traveled internationally. Cascade County City-County Health Department was notified March 21 by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services of the positive tests. One is a male in his 50s, who recently engaged in international travel One is a female in her 50s, who recently engaged

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