quick facts

DUE TO COVID-19 Coronavirus 2020

As of Thursday, January 21, 2021 there are 15 active COVID-19 cases. Public Health staff are conducting substantial contact tracing, which indicates community spread is occurring.

Please understand that community spread means we all need to do our part to protect each other by ramping up protective measures.

Montana Governor Gianforte has issued a new emergency order and a new directive for COVID-19 operation in state, effective Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

In summary, the wearing of face coverings is still required. This has not changed substantially from the previous directive.

The directive will repeal the following (no longer required as of Jan. 15, 2021):

  • The numbers set on group sizes,
  • Limits to the hours of operation,
  • Capacity Limits.

General operating requirements have not changed substantially from the previous directive:

1) Social distancing;

2) Temperature checks and/or symptom screening;

3) Testing, isolating, and contact tracing, in collaboration with public health authorities;

4) Sanitation;

5) Use of disinfection of common and high-traffic areas;

6) Teleworking.

Schools have a specific section in the directive, which includes following CDC and OPI operational guidance.


To see the full wording of the emergency order, go to:

The  full wording of the directive is at: 

Thank you for your hard work, and for taking steps to protect others.

Sanders County Public Health Coronavirus Information


Welcome to Sanders County

Sanders County is located in Northwestern Montana. It is bordered on the west by Idaho’s Panhandle and is Montana’s 18th most populous county with approximately 11,000 residents. The county was established in 1905 and named after Wilbur Fisk Sanders, pioneer and U.S. Senator from Montana.

The Clark Fork River, a tributary of the Columbia, runs the length of the valley in Sanders County. The county also encompasses the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness and two National Forests.



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County Appointed Board Openings

The following County Appointed Boards have openings: Dixon Refuse Disposal District, Hot Springs Airport Advisory, Hot Springs Refuse Disposal Board; Hot Springs TV District; Sanders County Board of Health (a medical professional); Sanders County Fair Commission (two openings for the Hot Springs area, and one opening for the west end of Sanders County); Sanders County […]


    1. Sanders County AIP Task Force Meeting

      January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    2. Sanders County Park Commission

      February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm