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Governor Issues Directive to Reopen Montana in Phases

By | Coronavirus, County News, State News

Today, April 22nd, the Governor’s Office announced their Reopening Montana Phased Approach and Guidelines.  Linked below is the directive (please read) as well as the guideline documents.  It is of the upmost importance that counties coordinate with your business leaders, law enforcement, public health folks, and county attorneys in this process, and that you begin that coordination as soon as possible as to what reopening is going to look like for your communities.  We will be unraveling the impacts to counties and providing guidance soon.

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Governor Bullock Announces Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force

By | Coronavirus, County News, State News

Governor Bullock has announced the establishment of a Coronavirus Relief Fund Task Force to provide guidance and advice on how to best use $1.25 billion appropriated to Montana through the Federal CARES Act to assist workers, businesses, and sectors of the economy impacted by COVID-19. The Task Force includes 24 Montanans from various sectors, of which MACo Executive Director, Eric Bryson, has been appointed a seat.  MACo thanks Governor Bullock for including local government in the creation of this important group.

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Report Analyzes COVID-19 Cases in Montana

By | Coronavirus, State News

Governor Steve Bullock today released a report produced by state epidemiologists examining 377 cases of COVID-19 in Montana that helps the state understand who is impacted by the new virus, how it spreads, and patient outcomes. The report will help the state continue to make data driven decisions to aggressively respond to COVID-19 in Montana.

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Montana’s Counties Need Help

By | Association News, Coronavirus, County News, National News, State News

HELENA, MT – Local Government is at the front lines of the COVID-19 response, including our law enforcement, health departments, health officers, county-owned medical facilities, and through our work with local private providers and facilities.  Montana’s counties are working hard to ensure continuity of operations and service delivery during this nation-wide pandemic while keeping the public as safe as possible.  County operations are being modified to comply with protective measures while still providing essential county service delivery and ensuring public access and participation.  Montana counties need help.

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Governor Issues Stay at Home/Shelter in Place Directive

By | Coronavirus, State News

On March 26th, Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home; it also temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, will buy time for health care workers on the frontlines and seeks to limit long term impacts to the state’s economy.

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