Vaccinations for COVID-19 are underway in Sanders County. Both Clark Fork Valley Hospital and Sanders County Public Health are administering vaccines.
Sanders County Public Health is conducting walk-in clinics every Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 120, lower level of the Sanders County Courthouse. Persons age 18 and older can receive a vaccine, free of charge.
Clark Fork Valley Hospital continues to take names of interested persons from its survey of interest at CFVH.org or the CFVH Facebook page. CFVH encourages the use of the survey, but people may also call Plains Family Medicine office – 406-826-4810, and to ask for an appointment time. Vaccination clinics are by appointment only on Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m.
As of Thursday, May 20, 2021 Sanders County has 3 active COVID-19 cases. Public Health staff are conducting contact tracing.
Please understand that community spread means we all need to do our part to protect each other by continuing protective measures.
On Feb. 12, Governor Greg Gianforte implemented a new directive, declaring that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.
It rescinds and replaces prior directives, and in summary states:
–Montanans are encouraged to use responsibility and wear masks and should follow the best industry practices adopted by any business they visit to slow spread of the virus.
–The phased approach to reopening Montana is no longer in force.
–Public gatherings or events should be managed using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines.
–Businesses should develop and implement practices of masking, social distancing, temperature checks and/or symptom screening, testing, isolating and contact tracing, in collaboration with public health authorities, sanitation, disinfecting and teleworking.
–Food and beverage industries are permitted and encouraged to offer food and beverages using delivery, window service, walk-up, drive-through or drive-up service, and to use precautions in doing so to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing.
–Schools should make reasonable efforts to follow school guidelines and best practices recommended by the CDC and the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
The Sanders County Board of Health has adopted the Governor’s directive rescinding the face mask initiative, but still encourages the wearing of masks when social distance cannot be maintained.
Executive order 2-2021:
Sanders County response:
Thank you for your hard work, and for taking steps to protect others.
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.