Beaverhead County Incident Command lists actions taken during pandemic

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Beaverhead County public health and Disaster Emergency Services officials established an incident command team on March 20, to respond more efficiently to the coronavirus pandemic in the county. Since the team's establishment, the following have been accomplished:

• Inventoried Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all of the EMS units in Beaverhead County;

• Began a small stockpile of PPE to ration as units and facilities run out;

• Ordered supplies to make hand sanitizer for first responders;

• Established protocols for press releases regarding positive patients, their releases, and potential deaths;

• Established isolation protocols for positive patients;

• Continued to issue orders from the Beaverhead County Public Health Officer in line with state and federal mandates and recommendations;

• Continued community outreach via the Public Health Facebook Page, the Nixel reverse 911 system, and a newly-created page dedicated to COVID-19 at http://www.beaverheadcounty.org;

• Identified and began working with community partners, and will continue to do so, to address needs of the community at large;

• Identified issues in our social safety net; food insecurity, social isolation, mental health decline, and financial hardship for members of our communities and have begun plan development in partnership with community organizations to help where we can;

• Held two stakeholder meetings, and will continue to reach out via email to those entities;

The team meets three times a week.

Those interested in helping the team's efforts around the county can email Public Information Officer Sadie Caltrider at scaltrider@beaverheadcounty.org or call 406-865-0853.

Beaverhead County has administered 87 total COVID-19 tests. There has been one positive test from a Beaverhead County resident, and five positive tests of Madison County residents, as of 3 p.m. April 6. There are four pending tests.

Public health appreciates county residents adhering to the social distancing mandates, and ask they continue to do so. Stay home as often as possible, wash your hands, and take care of your families during this trying time.