BOZEMAN – Update: 14/5/2021 – 5pm – Molly O’Neil, Health Promotion and Outreach Specialist for the Park County Department of Health, released the following statement: “The new CDCs’ guidance is good news for all People who have been vaccinated, however, because The Mask Order still exists in Park County.This has confused our community.To resolve this confusion, the Health Committee will meet Monday at noon and review the current power of attorney.In the meantime, we ask you. Continue Wear a mask in public indoor areas, whether you are vaccinated or not.
Update: 5/14/2021 – 4:30 PM – MSU has released the following statement from Higher Education Commissioner Clayton Christian:
Although the past year has been challenging for the Montana University System (MUS) in many areas, it has been achieved in many other areas.A key driver of our success has been our ability to respond, plan and execute. In a coordinated manner Nothing better indicates our coordination than the Healthy MUS Task Force and the COVID-19 planning guidelines that members have developed and updated over the past 12 months. There is no doubt that the Healthy MUS approach provides all MUS with a clear roadmap for success this past academic year.
Fortunately, our public health situation has improved in Montana. And while we will continue to adapt and modify according to the warranted conditions But today I am writing about the official Healthy MUS planning guidelines. This change takes effect immediately. This action is done in conjunction with the Montana Board of Regents and is based on federal, state and local public health recommendations and on the advice of the Healthy MUS working group.
The full statement can be found here.
Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley said he plans to sign the document following a news conference today at 12:30 p.m. that will help raise face masking requirements in Gallatin County – effective immediately.
Kelley cited current low case numbers, positive test rates and other numbers while issuing a call to action to get more people to be vaccinated.
According to a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued yesterday and in improving the epidemiology of the COVID-19 outbreak in Gallatin County, Matt Kelley is revoking the mandate of health workers in Areas involved in covering the face Effective today
This decision is based on a number of factors:
● New CDC guidance released yesterday states that people who have been fully vaccinated. (Meaning two weeks after the last shooting) no longer needed to wear masks in multiple locations.
Epidemiology in Gallatin County has seen significant improvements in recent weeks, including in areas that the health board consistently identifies as critical to informing decisions. These factors included a decrease in hospitalization cases and mortality. The capacity is sufficient for the hospital to handle those who need care A timely response within our COVID-19 test system, reducing the test’s positive rate in the test group. And sufficient capacity to perform contact follow-up for the specific case.
● We now have enough vaccines and enough resources to supply a vaccine to such a degree that anyone over the age of 16 in Gallatin County has the opportunity to receive a vaccine if needed.
“How important is the new CDC’s recommendations on masks to the ban in getting vaccines,” Kelley said.
“The health board is always clear about decisions made based on the best public health advice and our local epidemiology. Based on those factors, now is the time to move past requirements from health authorities so that organizations and individuals can make the best decisions based on the CDC’s recommendations, ”said Gallatin County Health Officer Matt Kelley. Of local health officials reflect Gallatin City-County Health Commission rules for closed-face use in the county.
While the health committee’s rules remain technically in place until the May 27 expiration, Kelley said the rule will not be enforced.Kelley stressed that the new CDC’s recommendations and the decision to repeal the injunction by health officials. That doesn’t mean the epidemic is over and doesn’t give anyone the right to ignore policies and regulations set by businesses and other organizations, Kelley also noted that the CDC still recommends masking in certain locations. This includes schools, nursing homes and gathering places such as correctional facilities. Businesses and organizations still have the power and authority to make decisions about requiring masks, the CDC continues to recommend preventive measures for unvaccinated people, including wearing masks and social isolation, Kelley said.
Gallatin City-County public health officials to upgrade face masking rules.
Kelley noted that he would lift health workers’ orders on nursing homes and assist with living facilities on Friday. He said the health department will continue to work proactively with healthcare facilities, living facilities and other high-service organizations to implement all necessary infection prevention and control measures recommended by the CDC. And other public health professionals
“The virus is still dangerous, especially for unvaccinated people,” said Kelley. Make those decisions We will return to normal if people are still vaccinated and if we work together to limit transmission in higher-risk locations. ”
Kelley stressed that the health board has worked to base local epidemiological decisions and the best advice from public health experts and the scientific community. He noted that the county’s daily seven-day COVID-19 average per 100,000 population is now under 25 per day and for nearly two weeks, a key criterion of community dissemination. Hospitalization is still relatively low and the ability to test is good, Kelley said.
“How important is the new CDC’s recommendation for masks to get vaccines,” Kelley said, “demonstrating that the vaccine is remarkably effective and safe. We urge everyone aged 12 and over to get vaccinated to protect themselves and to protect their communities. ”
The Gallatin Department of Health’s Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For questions about COVID-19, contact the call center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter @. readygallatin.com
This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.