Category Archives: COVID-19

City, county continuing discussions over management of health department; city files suit in district court asking for legal opinion

The City Commission appointed Commissioner Joe McKenney during the Jan. 18 meeting as its representative to the governing body for the Cascade County City-County Health Department. McKenney replaces Mayor Bob Kelly as the representative to that board since Kelly has since joined the joint city-county health board as the city’s representative on that public body. Health board selects officers; county

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City still working on plans for use of $19.47 million in ARPA funds; process for community grants

The city is continuing their discussions on how to use $19.47 million in American Rescue Plan funds, which are federal COVID relief funds. During both their work sessions in January, City Commissioners discussed the city’s priority projects and a proposed application for community entities to request some of the funding for eligible projects. During the Jan. 18 meeting, commissioners spent

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COVID cases spike in Cascade County; highest case rate since the start of the pandemic

Cascade County added 733 new COVID cases over the last week, a spike from recent weeks, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. The new case rate is 128.7 per 100,000, the highest rate since the pandemic started in 2020, exceeding the spikes in the fall of 2020 and the fall of 2021, according to data from

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GFPS returning to classrooms Jan. 18

Great Falls Public Schools will reopen for in-person learning as normally scheduled on Jan. 18. Health officials are recommending masks and GFPS is recommending that people wear masks when they return on Tuesday but they are not requiring them, Superintendent Tom Moore said on Jan. 16. Some activities and sports may not be on their normal schedule due to staff

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GFPS waiting until Sunday to determine whether to reopen next week, cases increasing

Great Falls Public Schools officials reviewed the district’s COVID-19 numbers on Jan. 14 and have more than 250 infections among faculty and staff, according to the district. “That is the highest number of infections we have experienced since COVID-19 hit our community in the winter of 2020,” according to the district. All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan.

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CCHD, health providers asking for help to lessen strain on healthcare facilities

The Cascade County City-County Health Department said in a Jan. 11 release that over the past several weeks, care providers in the county have been reporting “significant strain” with an increasing number of respiratory illness cases being compounded by staffing shortages due to illness. All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan. 11-17 To preserve staff time, testing and

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Neighborhood Council 1 and 2 January meetings canceled

Neighborhood Councils 1 and 2 have canceled their January meetings. The councils typically meet at Great Falls Public Schools facilities, which announced Jan. 10 that they were closing and going remote for the remainder of the week. Four neighborhood councils meet Jan. 10-14 “With limited noticed for a different venue, the January meetings have been canceled,” according to the city.

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All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan. 11-17

All Great Falls Public Schools are going remote from Jan. 11-17 due to COVID-19. The district said in a Jan. 10 release that as of this morning, the number of COVID-19 infected students and staff “skyrocketed over the weekend.” As of Jan. 10, there were 125 staff out with COVID related illness, according to the district, and the substitute fill

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