(KPAX) Gov. Steve Bullock, along with Montana public health and emergency response officials, held a press conference to provide an update on the state’s preparations for COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.
Bullock also issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the coronavirus. The emergency order puts the state on highest alert.
“Now is the time to plan, not to panic. Our state has been preparing for coronavirus to come to Montana and we will be prepared to respond all along the way,” said Governor Bullock. “Just like we do when any challenging situation hits our communities, we stick together to make sure that we mitigate the impact, that we have an appropriate response, and that we slow the spread.”
The emergency order allows the governor to direct a coordinated response to an outbreak of communicable disease. This includes mobilizing all available state resources, such as emergency funds or personnel from the National Guard. It also allows the governor to take additional steps as warranted.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, local health departments, health and medical departments and local jurisdictions have activated response plans and protocols for prepare for the arrival of the virus in Montana.
Bullock made the announcement at a news conference in Helena and announced a phone line at 1-888-333-0461 for all COVID-19 questions.