Big Sky Relief Update
Demand for community testing remains high according to a recent Big Sky Relief meeting.
Community leaders urge residents to keep participating in the free surveillance testing and get tested once a week throughout the winter. Board Chair of Big Sky Resort Area District Kevin Germain noted that there was an increase in positive results following the holidays and now there is a decline. Testing details and the dashboard can be found at http://www.bigskyrelief.org.
Around 50-60% of Big Sky Fire Department (BSFD) staff have received the first round of the vaccine, according to BSFD Chief Greg Megaard, Gallatin County Sheriff ’s Office Sergeant Dan Haydon said the sheriff ’s office is seeing similar vaccination numbers. All hospital staff at Big Sky Medical Center have been vaccinated, according to Taylor Rose, Director of Clinical Services & Operations at Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center (BHBSMC). He noted that there is still capacity at BHBSMC, but that the hospital has treated several inpatient COVID cases in an effort to relieve pressure and help with capacity from Bozeman. While capacity has thankfully not been an issue, there has been an uptick in mental/behavioral health patients in the area, Jason Smith, Chief Advancement Office at Bozeman Health Foundation said. Rose said HBSMC will be a Point of Distribution for the vaccine once the green light comes from the county and state, so the hospital is working on a plan for distribution.