Category Archives: Health

City seeking legal opinion on joint operation of city-county health department

City Commissioners have asked staff to get a legal opinion regarding the governing body for the joint City-County Health Department. During their Sept. 7 work session, commissioners said they didn’t want to sign the version of a temporary operating agreement as approved by the County Commission on Aug. 24. The county selected itself as the governing body and views the

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Cascade County COVID numbers still high

Cascade County added 351 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, bringing the cumulative total to 11,470, of which 970 are currently active, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. The county’s case rate for the last week is 61.6 per 100,000 and the positivity rate is 12.5 percent, according to CCHD. That’s down from last week’s

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Local COVID working group meeting to coordinate efforts for ongoing pandemic response

The local COVID working group met for the first time this week. The group came out of the discussion at the COVID after-action reaction meeting in mid-August. City returning to online meetings due to COVID-19 The group includes Cascade City-County Health Department, Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services, Great Falls Fire Rescue, Great Falls Emergency Services, Benefis Health System, Great

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County case rate rising, 454 new cases over last week

The county has added 454 COVID-19 cases over the last week, including 141 new cases on Sept. 1, according to the state dashboard, putting the county’s cumulative total at 11,125. The county currently has 927 active cases, Trisha Gardner, county health officer, told the Board of Health during their regular Sept. 1 meeting. Of the new cases this week, 74

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DPHHS issues emergency rules on masks in public schools

Gov. Greg Gianforte said Aug. 31 that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued an emergency rules regarding masks in school. “Montana students deserve to be back in their classroom in as normal and safe an environment as possible. Montana parents deserve to know their voices are heard in schools when health-related mandates for their children are

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Malmstrom administering mandatory COVID vaccine, county adds 189 cases since Friday, Jail has more cases

Over the weekend, officials at Malmstrom Air Force Base began administering the Pfizer vaccine to personnel, following the new Defense Department guidance mandating the FDA-approved vaccine. The Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin issued the mandate on Aug 24, following the FDA’s formal licensure of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23, according to a Malmstrom release. County COVID cases, positivity

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County adopts version of CCHD management agreement without city’s proposed member

Cascade County Commissioners voted 3-0 during their Aug. 24 meeting to approve a memorandum of understanding to adjust the 1975 agreement with the City of Great Falls regarding the operation of the City-County Health Department. The commission adopted a version that does not include a non-voting member of the City Commission, as proposed by the City Commission. City, county continuing

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GFPS opens Aug. 25, with mask requirement for elementary schoolers

Students return to classrooms at Great Falls Public Schools on Aug. 25 and at the elementary level, masks are required for the time being based on local COVID-19 transmission rates. Last week, the GFPS Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to adopt a policy that authorizes Superintendent Tom Moore to implement or rescind health protocols in schools dependent on local COVID-19 transmission

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