Category Archives: COVID-19

Library Board upholds mask policy, denies request for exemption

The board of trustees of the Great Falls Public Library voted unanimously during their Oct. 27 meeting to uphold it’s mask policy and deny an exemption that was requested by a local woman. Raylene Short filed a request with the library requesting an exemption for herself and her two sons from having to wear a mask in the library on

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Cascade County adds 12 COVID-19 related deaths; cases continue to rise; GFPS seeing uptick; health board meets Oct. 28 to discuss additional restrictions

Cascade County added 88 more COVID-19 cases on Oct. 27, bringing the county’s total to 1,821. Of those, 939 are currently active, according to the state map. On Oct. 27, the Cascade County City-County Health Department announced 12 more COVID-19 related deaths in the county since Oct. 15, bringing the county total to 26. These individuals were: 1 male in

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Board of Health schedules next special meeting to discuss potential COVID-19 restrictions

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health has scheduled another special meeting to discuss possible additional restrictions related to COVID-19. The board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 via Zoom. According to the county, “the Board of Health will not conduct a question and answer session. Prior to voting on any motion the Board of Health may

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City considering fees associated with modern parking enforcement technology

The City Commission has set a public hearing for Nov. 4 on proposed new parking fees related to new equipment and enforcement. This year, the city has been moving toward the installation of multi-space electronic pay stations on Central Avenue; license plate recognition equipment and software; as well as parking enforcement and back-end software. During the Oct. 23 Parking Advisory

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County Board of Health delays making decision on additional COVID-19 restrictions

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health met for more than two hours and took more than an hour of public comment, but took no action on more restrictions related to COVID-19 during a special Oct. 20 meeting. The board is considering more stringent restrictions in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Cascade County as local healthcare

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State submits COVID-19 vaccination plan to CDC

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has submitted its draft COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for review. DPHHS expects feedback from CDC next week, according to a release, and the agency has already begin and will continue seeking input from various entities. [READ the plan here] “I look forward

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County health board meets Tuesday to discuss stricter rules; hospitals feeling strain from COVID-19; County Officials asking community to help curb spread

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health has scheduled a special meeting to discuss implementing stricter regulations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally. County officials are not considering a shut down nor are they considering blanket school closures at this time, according to the Cascade County City-County Health Department. Cascade County officials considering stricter COVID-19 regulations, Board of Health

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Cascade County officials considering stricter COVID-19 regulations, Board of Health set to meet next week

Cascade County officials are considering stricter regulations due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. The city-county Board of Health is planning to meet early next week, though a date has not been finalized yet, to discuss what those stricter regulations will be. Trisha Gardner, county health officer, said that health officials are discussing limiting event and gathering sizes and possibly

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Great Falls Public Library closed due to positive COVID-19 case among staff

The Great Falls Public Library is closing effective immediately through Oct. 20. The library was notified of a positive case among their staff. According to a release from the library, they’ll wok with the Cascade County City-County Health Department to contact trace and notify anyone who may have been exposed and will conduct a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the

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Cascade County crosses 1,000 total COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths; Benefis seeing rise in COVID-19 patients, opening additional units

The Cascade County City-County Health Department announced two additional COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the county’s total to 10. These two individuals were a man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s, both with underlying health conditions. Bullock discuss increase in COVID-19 cases, leaves additional restrictions up to local officials ‚ÄúThere are now two more families, two more groups

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