Public Information Release

Department: County Commissioners, Disaster & Emergency

Sweet Grass County

Big Timber MT

Officials in Sweet Grass County and the City of Big Timber continue to work diligently in responding to the COVID-19 Virus pandemic. This coordinated response is directed by the Unified Command that was organized as set forth in our Emergency Operations Plan. The Unified Command is comprised of County Commissioners, City Council members, Elected Officials, Pioneer Medical Center staff, Public Health Officer, Public Health Nurse and department heads representing various response agencies. The members of the Unified Command meet on a regular basis to discuss changes in this pandemic and to update our response plans.

As of this release, there have been no COVID-19 cases identified in Sweet Grass County. There have been cases identified in the State of Montana. We are asking people to remain vigilant in current efforts to minimize the impact of this spread. It is essential that everyone follow the safety precautions as outlined on the nationwide websites representing the national and local Health Organizations. It is important that our communities remain calm while we face this serious situation.

Our highest priority is the safety of the public and the safety of our staff. We also place a high value on the importance of businesses in our community. We also have identified the importance of ensuring that the public receives accurate and timely information.

We have protocols in place to handle most situations. The following information is important for those that have questions about what they should do in the event they become ill.

  • If you or someone else is suffering from a serious or life-threatening condition, call the emergency number 9-1-1 and explain what is happening. Please do not call 9-1-1 with questions or non-emergencies.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness, call your medical provider and explain your symptoms. Your medical provider will then give you recommendations as to what you should do next.
  • If you believe you need to go to a clinic or a hospital for treatment, you are asked to call first to receive instructions to ensure the safety of you and the staff.

As we continue to respond to this ever-changing pandemic, we appreciate your efforts to help slow this down. The Governor has limited the activities of certain businesses and clubs. National and Local authorities continue to encourage people to practice social distancing and health practices.

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