October 27, 2020


Be cautious! As of October 27, 2020, COVID-19 has killed nearly 226,000 people in the United States. Worldwide, the virus has killed over 1.16 million.

This coronavirus is a new pathogen that is highly contagious and deadly.

On July 15, 2020, Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive about wearing non-medical face coverings.


Here is a helpful “do’s” and “don’ts” description on mask wearing:

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.

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. Use of hand sanitizers is encouraged during times when soap and running water for hand washing isn’t available. However, it’s been advised not to use products manufactured by the company Eskbiochem. For more, please read here:

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. Or,  you can call the Clark Fork Valley Hospital Nurses Hotline, 826-4889. It is staffed 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Community members without online access can hear important local and other info on the virus by calling the Sanders County COVID-19 Info Line, 827-3951. Please share this with your friends.

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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.

–Individuals age 5 and older must wear some form of face covering.

Montana’s Phase 2 Reopening Phase

Phase 2 Operating Plan Effective June 1, 2020

Operating Plan – Restaurants, Bars, Casinos, and Breweries

Operating Plan – Public Accommodations, RV Parks, and Campgrounds

Operating Plan – Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores

Operating Recommendations

An updated list can be provided upon request by calling 406-827-6961

Face mask information


How to create your own face mask!

Masks – FDA has updated their guidance on “Face coverings” in food service, which can be found at  Relevant information is pasted below:


Should employees in retail food and food production settings wear face coverings to prevent exposure to COVID-19? (Posted April 4, 2020)

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.






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.



CDC Resources on Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19

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  — References for Factual InformationMental Health America COVID-19

Governor Steve Bullock — Directive April 7, 2020

COVID-19 FAQ  — Updated 03/28/2020 – Montana Response to COVID-19 — Montana Governor’s Task Force and access to factual information — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— Coronavirus (COVID-19)