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The Toole County Health Department wants the public to know that we are working to keep everyone up to date as information becomes available to us regarding the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Listen to local radio, KSEN and K96FM, for public service announcements and follow our Facebook page. 

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, there have not been any cases of COVID-19 identified in Toole County. Toole County Health Department is working together with local government, healthcare agencies and the Toole County Board of Health to determine next steps and future recommendations. 

Marias Healthcare, INC (434-3100) and Marias Medical Center (434-3200) are asking that if you have reason to believe you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 that you call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

“For the safety of our  patients and staff, only essential visitors will be allowed with any hospital patient. If you are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, or respiratory symptoms, please put on a mask and call (406)434-3200 for instructions before coming into the hospital,” said MMC’s Erin Wanken. “We will also limit visitors to Marias Heritage Center, please call (406) 434-3290, with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience as we work together to promote a healthy and safe community.”

Marias Healthcare CEO Jamie Brownell stated, “The facilities are doing preventive management to prepare and coordinating. At this time we can’t test, but this could change for they are trying to get testing to more facilities.”

Meals offered at Toole County senior centers will be for pick-up only. Please call the senior center you attend so they can plan to have your meal ready for you. 

“The center is still open, but there will be no dining room meals. All meals need to be picked up, unless you are a home delivery,” said Shelby Senior Center director Shirley Furr. “Please call ahead if needing a meal, 434-2992. Thank you. There will be no group gatherings, includes Bingo, Pitch, Pinochle, quilt guild and anyone who has rented the center. This is in effect through March 27th.”

Sagebrush Food Pantry will continue to be open. Food will be for pick-up only. There is a telephone number posted on the back door of the Shelby Civic Center for you to call so a staff member or volunteer can help you shop over the phone. 

Regular scheduled board meetings for Toole County will continue at this time. If you are a member of a Toole County board and feel you are at high risk for severe complications of COVID-19, consider staying home.

Individual businesses, religious organizations and others may each have their own policies and protocols in place at this time. Please contact them directly if you have questions or concerns. It is recommended at this time to cancel or postpone any gatherings larger than 50 people. 

It is important that everyone follow Governor Steve Bullock’s Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020. This includes the closure of non-residential public schools through March 27 and strict visitor restrictions at nursing homes. Governor Bullock also strongly recommended guidance on social distancing and keeping vulnerable populations (those over 60 years old and those who are immunocompromised or with chronic health conditions) safe.

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