PUBLIC HEALTH CORONAVIRUS INFORMATIONMay 27, 2020
SANDERS COUNTY COURTHOUSE REOPENS
Courthouse operations will remain in place “as is,” until Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Starting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, the doors will be unlocked and the Courthouse will be open to the public. Reserve Deputies will continue to screen out of state citizens, while residents will be allowed in. The Courthouse will have markings in the halls directing traffic and markings “standing locations,” to maintain social distancing. Members of the public that enter the Courthouse will be recommended to wear some type of facemask.
Come June 1st, 2020, the Courthouse will discontinue screening but will continue to practice sanitizing procedures and social distancing.
Starting Monday, June 1st, 2020, employees will continue to be screened on Mondays by their department heads.
Sanders County Board of Health is providing information to all County employees so that we may all be uniform in assisting the public.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, you can take simple steps to protect yourself, your family, and your community:
- Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home if you’re sick, if you are having symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath please CALL your healthcare provider
- Avoid contact with sick people when possible,
- Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Use social distancing, which is a strategy to lower the pace and spread of COVID-19 and reduce the acute impact on our health care system. Please see the infographic and description of social distancing at: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/
Phase I of the Governor’s implementation allows reopening and continued operation of various licensed businesses.
Business are required to follow the Governor’s directive for operating, which generally include three requirements.
- Social Distancing – all establishments are required to practice social distancing in place to minimize exposure to persons who may be infected or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection – all establishments are required to frequently clean and disinfect high touch surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant effective at killing human coronavirus.
- Employee screening – all establishments must conduct health assessments for all employees at the beginning of each shift.
Sanders County requires all licensed businesses, such as bars, restaurants, hotel, motels, tourist homes, grocery stores, body art, RV parks, cabin rentals, pools, breweries, to complete an operating plan that addresses the three points. Each establishment is responsible for implementing these plans, for training employees in plan implementation, and to take this situation seriously and protect public health.
The reason we are being cautious is simple. Even with extreme social distancing COVID-19 has killed nearly 70,000 people in the last nine weeks in the United States. Worldwide the virus has killed over 250,000 people. This is not normal, and COVID-19 is not the seasonal flu. This coronavirus is a new pathogen that is highly contagious and deadly.
The public expects businesses to take the Phase I implementation seriously and implement protective measures.
Mask Information DPHHS
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.
Montana Healthcare Mutual Aid system— Healthcare Professionals
Clark Fork Valley Hospital COVID-19 Resource page — COVID-19 Nurse Hotline
Symptoms Testing — CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
Sanders County Food & Beverages Services — COVID-19 Information Requirements
https://dphhs.mt.gov/amdd/covid-19 — References for Factual InformationMental Health America COVID-19
Governor Steve Bullock — Directive April 7, 2020
COVID-19 FAQ — Updated 03/28/2020
https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/ – Montana Response to COVID-19
https://covid19.mt.gov/ — Montana Governor’s Task Force and access to factual information
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.coronavirus.gov/— Coronavirus (COVID-19)