Find local information and resources below to help your business, family and our community during this time. Page will be updated as new information arrives.
- *If you are experiencing symptoms of cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, please call the Kalispell Regional Health Care 24-hour call center at (406) 890-7272.
All eligible residents need to go through the FCCHD to get an appointment and the best way is by filling out the form here: https://www.flatheadhealth.org/vaccine-request-form/
Residents with a Columbia Falls or Whitefish zip code are sent to the North Valley hospital team to be scheduled for their Thursday clinics in Whitefish.
Here’s a list of who is eligible:
Phase 1B Recipients
∙ Persons aged 70 years and older
∙ American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications
∙ Persons aged 16-69 with high-risk medical conditions. Qualifying medical conditions include:
Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), Sickle cell disease, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus
Phase 1B+ Recipients
∙ Persons aged 60 years and older
∙ Persons aged 16-59 with medical conditions not included in Phase 1B who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications. Qualifying medical conditions include:
Asthma (moderate to severe), Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), Cystic fibrosis, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, Liver disease, Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder), On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications.
Reopening Planning Guides:
- Starting November 20th, 2020 new public health measures will go in to effect to help curb COVID-19 cases. Read full press release here.
- Phase II Reopening Plan – Flathead City County Health Department : Breaks down guidelines and recommendations by industry.
- Phase II Directive with Appendices
- COVID-19 Health Assessment: This assessment may be utilized by businesses and organizations to screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors each day. Created by Flathead City-County Health Department.
- List N Tool: COVID-19 Disinfectants – EPA
- Phase One Expansion Plus Guidance
- Reopening Montana Phased Approach – Governor Steve Bullock (4-22-20)
- Reopening Considerations for schools, businesses restaurants, breweries, outdoor recreation, personal care and more. – Montana Governors Office (4-22-20)
- Planning Guidelines: Flathead County Health Department: “We are anticipating that as early as tomorrow Governor Bullock will release his plan for beginning the opening of businesses across Montana. While we do not have the specifics of what will be announced we have put together some general guidelines that will allow businesses to begin their planning.” Links Below: Business Planning Guide, Wash Your Hands, Prevent the Spread (4-22-20)
Tools/Resources for Businesses:
- Freedom Bank: SBA Loans and Covid 19 Programs and Resources
- Business Adaptability Grant Program
- MBOI Deferment Program : Glacier Bank and Freedom Bank in Columbia Falls are a part of this program.
- Information About Face Coverings
- Help Keep Businesses Open: Wear a face covering!
- Valley Glass – Local Chamber member who can measure, design and put up your plexiglass sneeze guard.
- Hagadone Media Group Grant Application Program: Program to match advertising funds to assist locally owned businesses during these challenging times. Read full press release here.
- COVID-19 Emergency Stabilization Loan Program – Montana West Economic Development and City of Columbia Falls.
- COVID-19 Resources: Montana West Economic Development
- Paycheck Protection Program – SBA
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance – SBA
- Non-Profit Response and Resources: Montana Non Profit Organization
- Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources for COVID-19: SBA
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 – CDC
- Breck Law Office: Local resource for business clients who need advice and guidance relating to the Cornavirus and the new legislation passed by Congress. Small business law firm.
- Resource Guide for Montana Employers and Employees – Montana Department of Labor & Industry. Information on umployment, FAQ, CARES Act, Families First Act, and much more. Updated frequently.
- Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit for COVID-19 Impacted Employees – US Chamber of Commerce
- Guide to SBA’S Economic Injury Disaster Loans – US Chamber of Commerce
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist – US Chamber of Commerce
- Supporting Local Montana Businesses During COVID-19 – Glacier Country Tourism
- FAQ for Tourism Partners Lodging Properties
- Quarantine Notice for Hotels-Lodging Properties –
- Small Business Association Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus: Federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
- Emergency Rules to Streamline Unemployment Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
- Health Board and Commissioners Urge Businesses to Implement New Ways of Doing Business – Flathead City-Council Health Department
- Printable Window Sign for your Business: Print and post.
- Guidance for Employers: Check list to help businesses plan and respond to COVID-19
- US Chamber Resources for Businesses
- Customizable Flyer for your Business: Show your action steps and precautions to you patrons. Add your information and click print.
- Resilience in a Box: Best practices designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience
- Coronavirus Resource Page: Resource page from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Tools for Families and Children:
- Leave No Trace Recommendations for Getting Outside During Covid-19
- Resources for Parents and Kids on Leave No Trace: Activities you can do as a family, including a virtual tour of a National Park!
- Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country: Weekly program activities with their staff for our youth on their Facebook page.
- Imagine If Libraries: Read along books for kids, adults and more. Check out their data base of free resources. All you need is your library card number to access.
- Dream Adaptive: Online strength and conditioning, yoga, kids specific activities, bike tune-up and equipment maintenance, dance, card games and more.
- ABC Mouse: First month is free.
- Fluency and Fitness: Educational brain breaks. Free for at least three weeks.
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Free day-by-day projects, books and tasks for students working at home.
- School District 6 – Kindergarten Roundup May 26-29. By appointment only.
- School District 6 Meal Service During Shutdown
- School District 6 Update (3-24-2020)
- Spectrum free internet access to qualifying homes with students or teachers. Call 1-844-579-3743 to enroll.
- Montana Testing Information: Where to get tested, antibody testing, FAQ and more.
- Montana Made Masks: Glacier Clothing Company, 406-858-0056
- Montana Testing Information
- MONTANA RESPONSE: COVID-19 – Coronavirus – Global, National, and State Information Resources
- Eastern Border/Entrance to Glacier National Park Remains Closed for 2020 Season
- Glacier National Park Reopening Plan
- Glacier National Park Status Update Page
- Montana Housing
- Job Seekers:
- All Day Dog Adventures: Offering online dog training courses for puppy class, trick lass, scent class and behavior/obedience training.
- Flathead Agency on Aging: Information about meals on wheels, senior centers and Medicare. ‘
- Kalispell Regional COVID-19 Preparedness & Updates
- Kalispell Regional Health Care Anywhere: Receive urgent care online from a board certified physician or nurse practitioner. Available 24/7.
- Project PPE: KRH welcomes the following supplies: latex-free gloves, N95 face maasks, other disposable face masks, clear face shields. Find information also on how you can make masks and shields.
- COVID-19 Scams: Information provided and compiled by Freedom Bank.
- Columbia Falls Food Bank
- Montana Childcare Directive 4-1-2020
Current Press Releases
- November 17th, 2020: Directive on Group Size and Capacity
- Public Gatherings Limited to 25 Person Capacity, excluding places of worship and K-12 schools.
- Face Coverings Required in all public places.
- Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos must operate at 50% capacity and close by 10:00pm
- State of Montana News Room
- Glacier National Park will begin to increase recreational access June 8th
- Glacier National Park Reopening Plan
- Phase II Directive with Appendices – Phase II begins June 1st.
- May 8th: State of Montana Selects KRH as alternative care facility.
- April 30th: KRH to begin Phase 2 of Service Re-Introduction Starting May 4th
- March 30th, 2020: 14 Day Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Montana from Another State or Country
- March 27th, 2020: Glacier National Park Press Release
- March 26th, 2020: Stay at Home Directive from Governor Steve Bullock
- Press Release for COVID-19 Emergency Loan Funds – MWED
- Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- March 24th, 2020: Governor Bullock Announces Extension of Closures, Mandates Social Distancing – Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive to extend closures of public schools and dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses through April 10 and mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Montana.
- March 18th: FDIC Insured Bank Deposits are Safe; Beware of Potential Scams Using the Agency’s Name
- Kalispell, MT – An Order of Health Officer was issued today by Hillary Hanson with the support of the Flathead City-County Board of Health. The order was issued to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and slow the current pandemic. The Order will go into effect Friday at 6am March 20, 2020 and go through March 30, 2020 at 8:00 am.
- Pressroom Releases from Governor Steve Bullock
- COVID-19 Testing – Kalispell Regional Health Care 3-27-2020
- How to Discontinue Home Isolation – Kalispell Regional Health Care 3-26-2020
- People Who Are at High Risk – CDC
- Let’s Protect Each Other – Kalispell Regional Health Care
- COVID-19 Preparedness and Updates: Kalispell Regional Health Care
- Flathead City-County Health Department
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention : Information for businesses, employers, community, schools, childcare, and more.
- Overview of COVID-19: U.S. Department of Labor
- Social Distancing Best practices
- Impact of Social Distancing – KRH