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Closures and alterations to local and Missoula County services

 

March 12, 2020

LOCAL INFORMATION:

• Partnership Health Center is deeply committed, as always, to the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff. We are closely monitoring and responding to the evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, PHC plans to offer full services at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center. They are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health authorities, to ensure they continue delivering safe, quality care while limiting further spread of the virus. PHC will provide updates as they take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients, caregivers, and community. The Medical Center asks that if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath to please call the SSMC clinic before your visit: (406) 677-2277. For the most up to date and accurate information and best ways of protecting yourself and others, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov) and the Missoula City County Health Department website: https://www.missoulacounty.us/government/health/health-department/emergency-preparedness/coronavirus.

Loving Hearts will be CLOSED until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus and wanting to protect their volunteers. Loving Hearts asks that no donations be dropped off during this time. If you have questions or need help during this time please call Mission Bible Fellowship office at 406-677-2110.

• The central library building, all Missoula Public Library branches including the Seeley Lake Library and Swan Valley Community Library, and mobile outreach will be closed as of Monday, March 16 until further notice. All library programs, events, classes and group activities have been cancelled. Curbside service and home delivery for pre-reserved items will be available soon. For details, please call the Library at (406) 721-2665 or email: mslaplib@missoula.lib.mt.us.

MISSOULA COUNTY INFO:

Please be advised of the following changes effective Monday morning, March 16 in the delivery of Missoula County services in our departments that experience the heaviest public traffic at the Missoula County Courthouse. These changes are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the City-County Health Department to employ social distancing and maintain a distance of six feet in public places.

The Clerk & Recorder/Treasurer/Motor Vehicle Office (courthouse annex - first floor) will transition to providing all services online. Customers can access drop boxes in the lobby of the Missoula County courthouse annex (near the Liquid Planet coffee shop) to drop off paperwork for clerks to process throughout the day.

Missoula County Justice Court (courthouse - first floor) will begin to ask customers to utilize the customer service window in the west hallway and wait a 6 foot distance from others who may be waiting to access services. Additionally, the first row of the gallery in each courtroom will be closed to maintain a distance between the counsel tables, jury box, the bench and observers.

Clerk of District Court (courthouse - second floor) will begin allowing only two customers at a time to approach customer service windows in their office. Others will be asked to wait a 6 foot distance in the rotunda from others waiting to access services. Pro Se litigants are encouraged to email their paperwork to the Clerk of Court's office - clerkofcourt@missoulacounty.us - and the regular fee will be waived. Customers are encouraged to use the online marriage application system.

Other departments in the Missoula County Courthouse including the County Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office already employee customer service windows. Customers to those windows are asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other customers who may be waiting for assistance.

All county departments are in the process of reviewing their operations to ensure a clear distinction between essential and non-essential functions with public health and safety as our primary concern. Missoula County will be communicating changes to services and operations based on those distinctions tomorrow and will provide regular updates to the media.

ONLINE COUNTY RESOURCES:

With two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, Missoula County is encouraging the public to practice social distancing, i.e. limiting exposure to large groups in confined spaces. Below is a list of services the county provides that you can access online or by phone. Thank you for your patience during this time and for taking steps to help curb the spread of the illness in our community.

Clerk and Recorder/Treasurer

Title a vehicle purchased from a dealer: http://missoula.co/titlebyemail

Renew vehicle registration: http://missoula.co/registrationrenewal

Pay property taxes: http://missoula.co/paytaxes

Request vital records: http://missoula.co/vitalrecords

Record documents: http://missoula.co/erecording

Search documents: http://missoula.co/searchpublicrecords

Public Works

Apply for a construction-related permit: http://www.missoulacounty.build

Crime Victim Advocate Program

Staff can help clients over the phone at 406-258-3830. This includes crisis counseling, giving information and resources to victims of crime and giving victims of crime information about their cases.

Those needing an order of protection will the paperwork at http://missoula.co/cva-op. An advocate can talk to clients over the phone to help them understand it. Staff currently plan to be in the office for in-person support (especially for people who don’t have reliable phones or internet services). A person may also fill out the paperwork and bring it by for more of a quick review.

Anyone in an emergency situation should call 9-1-1. Additionally, the YWCA of Missoula has a 24/7 Crisis Line: 406-542-1944.

GIS Department

Property Information System: http://missoula.co/propertyinfo

Address assignment: http://missoula.co/addressing

Road naming: http://missoula.co/roadnaming

Online map viewers: http://missoula.co/onlinemaps

GIS data downloads: http://missoula.co/datadownloads

Download maps: http://missoula.co/downloadmaps

Land records research: https://gis.missoulacounty.us/Research

Clerk of Court

Apply for a marriage license: http://missoula.co/marriagelicense

 

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