Category Archives: Health

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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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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City considering fees for GFFR ambulance transport to recover costs

Great Falls Fire Rescue is proposing to bill for transporting patients in city-owned ambulances to recover costs as their usage has increased. Jeremy Virts, GFFR’s deputy chief of EMS, said that GFFR had started their ambulance transport service to provide surge capacity to fill a void in the local emergency response system. GFFR puts new ambulance into service During the

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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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County health board, The Do Bar settle smoke shack lawsuit

Updated 2 p.m. Jan. 12 The city-county health board voted unanimously to accept a settlement with Totem Beverages, also known as the Do Bar, during their Jan. 5 meeting. The settlement ends a lawsuit stemming from a January 2016 notice to Totem, citing alleged violations of the smoking shelter local regulations. Tho Do Bar had been inspected multiple times between

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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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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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