ORDER OF BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020-5—24 Apr

WHEREAS, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recognizes COVID-19 as a threat to the residents of Montana; and WHEREAS, response plans and protocols have been activated to prepare for cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County, Montana; and WHEREAS, the Montana DPHHS, local health departments, health and medical departments and local jurisdictions have activated response plans and protocols to prepare for the arrival of the virus in Montana; and WHEREAS, proactively implementing mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus is in the best interests of the State of Montana, Big Horn County and its… Read more >

ORDER OF BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020-4—20 Apr

WHEREAS, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recognizes COVID-19 as a threat to the residents of Montana; and WHEREAS, response plans and protocols have been activated to prepare for cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County, Montana; and WHEREAS, the Montana DPHHS, local health departments, health and medical departments and local jurisdictions have activated response plans and protocols to prepare for the arrival of the virus in Montana; and WHEREAS, proactively implementing mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus is in the best interests of the State of Montana, Big Horn County and its… Read more >

Big Horn County Health Department Announces Third Confirmed Case of COVID-19—16 Apr

Reminds Residents to Take Precautions HARDIN, MONTANA (April 16, 2020) – Big Horn County Health Department announces the third confirmed case of COVID-19 within Big Horn County boundaries. This new case is a woman in her 50’s. The first case is a man in his 40’s; the second case is a woman in her 20’s. All three individuals are recovering at home. The Big Horn County Public Health with assistance from Indian Health Service (IHS) Public Health Nursing has begun to identify close contacts to this new case. All close contacts to the new case will be notified and interviewed… Read more >

Big Horn County Public Health Officer Orders Quarantine for Non-residents Coming into County for Non-work Related Reasons—10 Apr

Big Horn County Public Health Officer Orders Quarantine for Non-residents Coming into County for Non-work Related Reasons Non-residents traveling to Big Horn County for work must follow guidelines HARDIN, MONTANA (April 10, 2020) – To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Big Horn County, the Public Health Officer today announced an order effective immediately that : Non-work-related travel by non-residents: All persons traveling into Big Horn County, Montana for non-work related purposes must self-quarantine in their lodging for a minimum of 14 consecutive calendar days from the date of their arrival or until they leave the County. In… Read more >

ORDER OF BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020-3—10 Apr

WHEREAS, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recognizes COVID-19 as a threat to the residents of Montana; and WHEREAS, response plans and protocols have been activated to prepare for cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County, Montana; and WHEREAS, the Montana DPHHS, local health departments, health and medical departments and local jurisdictions have activated response plans and protocols to prepare for the arrival of the virus in Montana; and WHEREAS, proactively implementing mitigation measures to slow the spread of the virus is in the best interests of the State of Montana, Big Horn County and its… Read more >

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION MEASURES AS ADOPTED BY THE LOCAL BOARD OF HEALTH—10 Apr

Whereas Montana Code §50-2-118 provides: Powers and duties of local health officers. In order to carry out the purpose of the public health system, in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners, local health officers or their authorized representatives shall: (1) make inspections for conditions of public health importance and issue written orders for compliance or for correction, destruction, or removal of the condition; (2) take steps to limit contact between people in order to protect the public health from imminent threats, including but not limited to ordering the closure of buildings or facilities where people congregate and canceling events; (3) report communicable… Read more >

Big Horn County reports First COVID-19 Case—10 Apr

On the evening of April 9, 2020, the Big Horn County Health Department was notified of a positive case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in an individual residing in Big Horn County.   The positive case is identified as a male in his 40’s who is not hospitalized. The case investigation is ongoing.   The Big Horn County Health Department will be working closely with Indian Health Service (IHS) Public Health Nursing to identify close contacts.   Anyone who was a direct contact will receive a phone call, or other form of notification, with instruction on how to proceed. Only… Read more >

Big Horn County Public Health Requests Cooperation From Non-Residents Seeking Recreation—30 Mar

HARDIN, MONTANA (March 30, 2020) – The Big Horn County Public Health Department is asking for the cooperation and goodwill of non-residents who are considering traveling to Big Horn County for recreational purposes. We understand that many visitors want to come here because we have a low-intensity of COVID-19 and they believe it is a safe place to recreate. However, if visitors from other counties and other states where there are more cases of COVID-19 continue to come to our county, it is likely that the novel coronavirus will spread faster here than if these visitors stayed home. In times… Read more >

ORDER OF BIG HORN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020- 2—27 Mar

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus a pandemic; and WHEREAS, as of March 16, 2020, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates there are over 3,400 confirmed cases and 68 deaths in the United States; and WHEREAS, all states in the United States are experiencing confirmed cases of COVID-19 and multiple areas contiguous to Big Horn County, Montana have confirmed; and WHEREAS, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) recognizes COVID-19 as a threat to the residents of Montana; and WHEREAS, response plans and protocols… Read more >

PRESIDING OFFICER (EXECUTIVE) ORDER 2020-1—20 Mar

WHEREAS on the 17th day of March 2020. the Board of Big Horn County Commissioners’ passed Emergency Proclamation Resolution No 2020-7, A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF BIG HORN COUNTY, MONTANA PROCLAIMING AN EMERGENCY RESULTING FROM THE IMMINENT THREAT OF A DISASTER CAUSING IMMEDIATE PERIL TO LIFE OR PROPERTY THAT TIMELY ACTION CAN AVERT OR MINIMIZE; and WHEREAS Montana Code Annotated § 10-3-406 provides: 10-3-406. Authority of principal executive officer. (1) Upon the declaration of an emergency or disaster under 10-3-402 or 10-3-403 and the issuance of an order as required by 10-3-404, the principal executive officer may: (a) direct and compel the evacuation of… Read more >