COVID-19 in Silver Bow County
Butte-Silver Bow Health has activated its emergency response team and is working daily to prepare for the likelihood that COVID-19 will spread to Butte-Silver Bow County. We are also working closely with local health-care providers to monitor for the disease.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that originated in China in late 2019 and has since spread throughout the world. The disease can have mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and trouble breathing. It can also be fatal, especially in the elderly and people with existing health problems.
Click here to see a map showing the number of COVID-19 cases in the world and where they are occurring.
What You Can Do to Avoid COVID-19
Assess Travel Risks
The best thing you can do to avoid the disease is to avoid exposure to the virus that causes it. In part, this means avoiding travel to areas where the virus is epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issues advisories for travelers regarding potential exposure to disease in other countries. These travel alerts are likely to change as the disease spreads. Visit the following link regularly to get up-to-date information.
Practice Good Personal Hygiene
Everyday precautions that can help prevent the spread of flu and other germs are also effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing 60 percent alcohol;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Stay home when you’re sick;
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash; and
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
Forget About Masks
Health experts, including the U.S. Surgeon General, don’t recommend that the general public buy or use face masks. Masks primarily prevent a person from giving the disease to someone else and are less effective in preventing well people from getting sick. They should be reserved for people who show symptoms of COVID-19 and for health workers and others who are taking care of patients at home. People who are in direct contact with people who are infected must change their masks repeatedly.
If You Think You Have COVID-19
Call If You’re Sick
Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have symptoms – and if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has the disease or have traveled to an area with ongoing spread -- call your health-care provider before visiting. Tell your provider about your recent travel or contact.
Your provider will make sure you don’t expose others in the office or hospital setting. He or she will also work with public health professionals to determine if you need to be tested.
COVID-19 Related Documents
- Governor’s Orders - Closure Extensions and Social Distancing (3/24/20)
- Governor’s Orders - Directive on Hospital Surge Capacity (3/24/20)
- Governor’s Orders - Directive on Local Government (3/24/20)
- Health Officer Order -- Covid 19 -- Community Closures -- (3/20/20)
- Health Officer Order -- Covid 19 -- Isolation and Quarantine -- (3/20/20)
- Order of BSB Health Officer - Signed (3/16/2020)
- Declaration - Health Emergency (3/16/2020)
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The mission of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department is to protect and improve the health of Butte-Silver Bow residents. Our vision is for Butte-Silver Bow to be Montana’s healthiest county.
Our Core Values
Respect, Quality, Service, Stewardship, Vision, Integrity, Leadership, Innovation, and Science
Success by the Numbers
|That’s the number of activities — clients served, establishments inspected, communicable diseases reported — by the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department in FY17.|
Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report
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Health Department Programs
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