|Karen Morey||Public Health Director|| (406) 827-6925 (office) or
(406) 546-4965 (cell)
|Lisa Richmond||Program Assistant/WIC Aide||(406) 827-6931||LisaRichmond@mt.gov|
|Jill Lundstrom, RN||Public Health Preparedness||(406) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sandra Gubel||Tobacco Prevention Specialist||(406) email@example.com|
The mission of the Sanders County Health Department is to protect, improve, and preserve the health and well being of the citizens of Sanders County.
STAY SAFE, SANDERS COUNTY!!
Be cautious! Even with extreme social distancing, as of June 18, 2020, COVID-19 has killed nearly 118,000 people in the last 19 weeks in the United States. Worldwide, the virus has killed over 450,000 people. This coronavirus is a new pathogen that is highly contagious and deadly.
To protect yourself and others, please follow the following simple measures:
—Social distance. Maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and others. If you are in a situation where you cannot do so, please wear a non-medical/non-surgical mask. (Social distancing is a strategy to lower the pace and spread of COVID-19 and reduce the acute impact on our health care system).
This article and animation explain the concept of social distancing. https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/
—Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
—Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do this each time you use the restroom, and before you eat.
—Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
—Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue.
—Avoid contact with sick people when possible.
—Stay home if you’re sick. If you are having symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please CALL your healthcare provider.
Sanders County Courthouse is again fully open to the public.
Beginning June 1, screening at the front door was discontinued, but the public is highly encouraged to:
–Wash hands or use the hand sanitizer at entry doors upon entering the building;
–Maintain a 6’ distance from others, and follow floor markings that direct “traffic,” and use spots that are marked as standing locations.
–It is recommended that the public wear some type of face mask.
Montana’s Phase 2 Reopening Phase
We are in the second phase of reopening. Continued guidelines to follow include Social Distancing, Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection and Employee Screening.
Unlike Phase 1, the requirement was lifted which mandated people traveling across state lines into our state to do a 14-day self-quarantine.
Here is the link that explains Phase 2: covid19.mt.gov
The public expects businesses to take the Phase II implementation seriously, and implement protective measures.
A list of establishments that have submitted operating plans can be found at: http://co.sanders.mt.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Copy-of-PlansComplete_050520.pdf
Face mask information
Masks – FDA has updated their guidance on “Face coverings” in food service, which can be found at https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. Relevant information is pasted below:
On April 3, the CDC released an updated recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings as a voluntary public health measure in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
For workers on farms, and in food production, processing, and retail settings who do not typically wear masks as part of their jobs, consider the following if you choose to use a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19:
· Maintain face coverings in accordance with parameters in FDA’s Model Food Code sections 4-801.11 Clean Linens and 4.802.11 Specifications.
· Launder reusable face coverings before each daily use.
· CDC also has additional information on the use of face coverings, including washing instructions and information on how to make homemade face covers.
NOTE: The cloth face coverings recommended by CDC are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force — https://covid19.mt.gov/joint-information-center
COVID-19 Nurse Hotline — Clark Fork Valley Hospital COVID-19 Resource page
Please contact us using one of the options below.
Office phone: 406-827-6931
Mail: P.O. Box 519, Thompson Falls, MT 59873
State Office Helpline: 1-800-433-4298
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