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Christy McAllister, left, and Maggie Cooper were in good spirits while bagging up carrots for the sack lunches being prepared for any and all children 18 years and younger in the Shelby Elementary School cafeteria Monday morning. 

In an effort to keep people healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, various offices and businesses throughout the county have closed or have implemented new procedures to be followed. As of going to press on Monday afternoon there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County.

City of Shelby

With world events beyond our control, the City is pro-active in adjusting our services in an effort to keep our residents and staff healthy. The Shelby Civic Center is closed. With no way of cleaning 24/7, we feel it best to close the facility in conjunction with the school closure. We are sorry we have to do this, but feel the health of all our residents is a priority. 

The City also changed our City Hall bill payment process. The main lobby is closed, but you are able to pay utility bills through the drive-up window, online and via mail. All staff are here to continue to answer questions and we can be reached at 434-5222. 

The City Shop has also adopted new measures. They ask you call ahead when using the landfill/scale. City Shop can be reached at 434-5564. Building Inspector Rob Tasker can also be reached at 434-5564.

These measures are meant to protect us all. We hope everyone will be understanding and use common sense as we wade through these new waters. Hopefully, all facilities and services will return to normal in a very short time.

Toole County Health Department

Robyn Kimmet, RN, Toole County Health Department Supervisor and PHEP Coordinator advised of the following:

With no identified community spread in the state of Montana, the health department will continue to be open per normal. I believe that this is the same for most other Toole County services.

We would just ask, like everywhere else, that anyone who has signs and symptoms of illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath) wait to come into the office for services. We can be reached via telephone, 424-5169, or Facebook messenger if anyone has questions or concerns. 

Some things to note regarding other Toole County services: the Senior Centers (Shelby, Kevin, Sunburst) are available for “pick-up” meals; call ahead so they can get your meal ready for you. The Toole County Libraries are still open but story hours have been cancelled until further notice. 

The Toole County Transit is still in operation but have riders call first as services are subject to change.

MT-DPHHS just released that the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will continue remotely (all appointments will be conducted via telephone) until further notice. Current WIC clients will continue to receive benefits throughout this time, just expect us to call you either before or at your already scheduled appointment time! If there are clients interested in signing up for WIC services please have them contact our office.

Marias Medical Center

MMC advises patients that some services have been temporarily discontinued, including mammo, echo, cardiac and pulmonary rehab services and sleep studies. Essential lab, radiology, physical therapy and occupational therapy will continue.

Only essential visitors will be allowed into the facility with the only entrance being that of the emergency room. Everyone coming into the building will be screened at the ER entrance.

Patients are encouraged to pay bills online or over the phone.

Marias Heritage Center visitation is cancelled. The Cedar Closet and Hospital Gift Shop are closed indefinitely.

Anyone having fever, cough or shortness of breath, or other respiratory illness symptoms are asked to call (406) 434-3209 for further instructions.

Toole County Sheriff’s Department

Currently suspended services include new concealed weapons permits, fingerprinting for employment or any public purpose and inmate visitation. Limited services include attorney/client visitation, appointments may be scheduled by phone and visitation will only occur in the public visitation room, no face-to-face contact will be allowed. Federal/State local background checks need to be scheduled by phone, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the administrative assistant.

The main lobby area is open to the public, all doors off the main lobby area, with the exception of the restroom, will be kept locked at all times.

Anyone needing to renew their concealed weapon permit must call (406) 434-5585 for renewal instructions.

The Montana Veterans Affairs Division outreach for the month of April has been cancelled until further notice.

Banks and credit unions are requesting that customers use their drive-up windows, ATMs, and online banking options.

Bars and Restaurants

Currently, all bars and casinos are closed as mandated by the government until 11:59 p.m., March 27. Businesses are still allowed to have take-out, drive thru and delivery services. 

The Alibi is open at 4 p.m. and is offering outside pick-up and delivery options. Credit card payments over the phone is the only payment option being accepted. 

The Montana Club is offering carry-out food, as well as beer and bottle take out. Get a hold of them via the Montana Club Facebook page to get your order in.

Pizza Hut is offering carry-out and delivery services, order online or by calling 434-7111.

Clark’s Family Restaurant is also offering take-out and delivery options. Call 424-8666.

The Griddle is offering curbside or walk-in take out. The menu is posted on their Facebook page and orders can be placed by calling 434-7260. Cash and cards are being accepted. Customers can come in to pick up their orders, with a limit of five allowed in the restaurant at any one time.

The Prairie Peddler is still offering coffee and other beverages with carry-out orders only or curbside delivery available. There are temporary hours right now, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Main Street businesses and others throughout town remain open at this time.

The Shelby Food Program is distributing free meals for all children 18-years-old and younger. The main location is the Shelby Elementary School entrance with pick-up taking place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

They are also offering a Meals on Wheels route, with meals being available for pick-up at the Civic Center or Old Middle School from 11 a.m. until 11:35 a.m.; the City Hall Bus Stop and the Splash Park from 11:40 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.; and the Plum Tree Apartments and Lincoln Park from 12:20 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. All meals will include lunch and the following morning’s breakfast.

If you have any questions about closures or restrictions contact the Toole County Health Department at (406) 424-5169 or the City of Shelby at (406) 434-5222.

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