City releases COVID-19 Emergency Policy

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As everyone knows, what is known as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has lately been confirmed in Montana. At least one of the people infected attended the recently held Board of Regents meeting at the University of Montana - Western campus. Individuals who may have had close contact have self-isolated, and this isolation will continue for 14 days from the exposure. Currently there are NO known COVID-19 infections within the City of Dillon but this is beyond the control of anyone.

The City of Dillon is now working with the Public Health Department, but to help control this infection we need community efforts. While I realize everyone may be gravely concerned, including myself, PLEASE DO NOT PANIC! I realize this has been stated before but please:

• Practice good hand hygiene (wash your hands with soap and water). Cough into your elbow or Kleenex (use only once). Don’t touch your face without washing your hands (the nose, mouth, and eyes are the entry points for most viruses).

• If you are sick, please stay at home. It is most likely you will have one of the common viral infections but even those can cause trouble and should not be transmitted.

• Ensure that you have supplies to stay in your home for several days but PLEASE do not hoard. Keeping two month supplies in stock does not help anybody.

Due to the COVID-19 virus concerns, out of an abundance of caution I have decided as Mayor to temporarily cancel all meetings of the City including, but not limited to the City Council, Planning, and Zoning. In order to minimize risk to the City Bus drivers, individuals will only be picked up and dropped off for essential services, such as pharmacy and medical visits. Please also consider paying Water/Sewer bills online (www.dillonmt. org) or by telephone for credit card payments, or utilize the drop box with checks (no cash please). This emergency policy will be in effect for approximately two weeks until March 27th, 2020, at which time the City of Dillon will reevaluate this response plan. Thank you.

Michael L. Klakken, Mayor