Coronavirus updates and week in review
March 26, 2020
Below is a summary of the new information to local and statewide closures, restrictions and accommodations due to the coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, March 24. Information changes daily, sometimes hourly. Please call ahead or contact the organization directly with questions.
Please follow the Seeley Swan Pathfinder website (http://www.seeleylake.com) for Breaking News for our area. We will post as it becomes available.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information and best ways of protecting yourself and others, please refer to the Missoula County-City Health Department website http://missoula.co/cvirus or call 406-258-INFO (4636). Other resources include regularly updated information for Montana at covid19.mt.gov and the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Seeley Swan Helps is a new collaborative group of local pastors and Missoula Aging Services that is pooling resources to assist those in need and organize volunteers. Currently they are offering assistance for delivery of groceries, mail, prescriptions and medical supplies, meal delivery and financial assistance for utilities, rent or other necessities. If you need assistance or would like to volunteer to help, please call the designated SS Helps line 406-239-9617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Most churches in the valleys have canceled services and activities through the end of March. They will reassess in April. Many are offering services, prayer times and devotionals online. Call or visit their church pages on social media or their website (see our church directory) for current information.
• The Seeley Lake Senior Center has canceled congregate meals and all social activities until further notice. Meals are still available for pick-up and Meals on Wheels is operating normally. To order a meal call 677-2008 the night before and leave a message with the number of meals and what time meal(s) will be picked up the next day between 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. To sign up for Meals on Wheels, to volunteer to prepare, serve or drive, and/or for additional assistance for those 60+ or homebound call Missoula Aging Services Resource Specialist Linda Howard at 406-541-7688 Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• The Seeley Lake Lions Club canceled their March 26 general meeting and the annual Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11.
• Paws Up Safe Home Animal Shelter in Potomac will be closed to relinquishes and adoptions due to ice and the coronavirus. Donations are still very welcome and can be mailed to 1270 Copper Cliff Dr., Potomac 59823 or call 406-244-2552 to make an appointment for drop-off. For current updates follow the shelter on Facebook.
• Potomac/Greenough Food Bank changed to "Grab and Go" service. They are offering pre-made boxes to their clients for Sundays in March from 3-5 p.m. If you are in need of food, please come by the PGCC during this time, sign initials on the sign-up sheet and take a box. If anything more is needed, or if there is a shortage of the supplies, please call 244-3621. A drop off can be arranged. There can be no customized requests filled during this time.
• Optimal Fitness is closed until April 15. Tuesday morning, March 24 the Missoula City-County Health Department (MCCHD) extended Governor Steve Bullock's statewide closure issued Friday, March 20 of all health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, pools and hot springs, indoor facilities at ski areas, climbing gyms, fitness studios, and indoor recreational facilities.
• MCCHD extended Governor Steve Bullock's statewide closure statewide closure of all bars, casinos and dine-in services offered by restaurants until April 15. Many of the local businesses are offering take out and others have delivery options as well. Please call or check business pages and websites for the most current information.
• Effective March 24 through April 15, MCCHD closed all body art establishments, cosmetic salons and massage services except those contained within state-licensed physcial therapy or chiropractic practices.
• In response to Governor Bullock's directive, Ovando and Helmville restaurants and other businesses are offering take out options and have adjusted to promote social distancing while continuing to serve their customers. They are in Powell County which has not taken more restrictive measures than the state closure through March 27. Please call ahead for hours and services available.
• The Treasurer Department at the Seeley Lake Satellite Office is closed until further notice. Customers may mail in their renewals to Missoula County Treasurer 200 West Broadway St Missoula, MT 59802 or submit their registration renewal online at https://app.mt.gov/vrr/renewal/index.html to have them processed.
• Swan Valley Connection will be continuing their service to the public, primarily via phone and online communication. Appointments may be made to assist mission critical needs. All visitors to the office must self-assess using USDA provided questions. For more information call 754-3137.
• Parents and guardians that would like to receive free meals for their children need to fill out the form available at https://forms.gle/HQENFq4hByhB6UP58.
The daily sack lunch and breakfast are available to anyone ages 18 and under in the area. Lunches can be picked up at Seeley-Swan High School, Seeley Lake Elementary and at various bus routes. Visit sleonline.org for more information.
• The Pathfinder office is closed to the public until further notice. Office visits by appointment only. Please call 677-2022 and leave a message or email email@example.com. The deadline for the Thursday issue remains Mondays at 2 p.m.
• As of March 24, there are 46 cases of COVID-19 in Montana and six in Missoula County.
• Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park licenses can be purchased online at fwp.mt.gov. For those who need assistance with their purchase, please call the FWP licensing center at 406-444-2950 or the closest regional office.
• Friday, March 20 President Donald Trump extended the federal tax deadline from April 15 to July 15 in response to COVID-19. In accordance with the new federal filing deadline, Governor Bullock also extended the state's payment and filing deadlines for 2019 individual income taxpayers to July 15. The deadline for those making estimated tax payments for the first quarter of 2020 has also been extended to July 15. The due date for the second quarter remains July 15 at this time. Tax resources are available at: https://mtrevenue.gov/taxes/