Coronavirus updates – Week in review March 31 - April 6
April 9, 2020
Below is a summary of the new information about local and statewide closures, restrictions and accommodations due to the coronavirus as of Monday, April 6. Information changes daily, sometimes hourly. Please call ahead or contact the organization directly with questions.
Please follow the Seeley Swan Pathfinder website (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) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Other resources include regularly updated information for Missoula City-County Joint Information Center, http://covid19.missoula.co/, state information at http://covid19.mt.gov and the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Missoula Aging Services Resource Specialist Linda Howard has access to frozen Meals on Wheels from Missoula. She can deliver them if needed to clients in need in Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley. For more information please call Howard at 406-541-7688 or to Missoula Aging Services 406-728-7682.
• Due to Easter Sunday, the Potomac/Greenough Food Bank will be open Saturday, April 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the Potomac-Greenough Community Center. Due to COVID-19, they are still doing a Grab and Go System: Sign in, grab a premade box, leave any empty crates and away you go! If you need any more food or if there are no more premade boxes, please call 406-244-3621 or email email@example.com and a drop off will be arranged.
• The Condon Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11 has been postponed. Watch for more information about the event once restrictions are lifted.
• Rovero's is now offering curbside pickup to protect their customers and employees against coronavirus. Customers that want to use this service please call 406-677-2445 to place orders Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. They are asked to have a good description of items and/or provide ACE numbers from AceHardware.com if possible. Hot Stuff's full menu is available for curbside pickup as well as alcohol and tobacco purchases with the proper identification.
• Heritage Outdoors is closed to the general public. To place an order or pick up something from the store call 406-304-8271 or 405-546-7951.
• Citizens Alliance Bank in Seeley Lake is an U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender. They are working with businesses around Seeley Lake to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. The PPP is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27 by President Donald Trump, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We are trying to get people submitted as quickly as we can to get those much needed funds for people that qualify," said Eric Hayhurst, CAB VP Branch Manager and loan officer. Hayhurst said there are a lot of details and specifics and daily changes to the program. CAB is doing the best they can to assist local business owners understand the process and apply for funding. He encourages small businesses to regularly check the SBA website for updates https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options. Call CAB to set up an appointment, 406-677-2464.
• CAB is offering internal loan programs to help all customers that need additional funds during these unprecedented times. Contact CAB for more information 406-677-2464.
• Residents of Seeley Lake are encouraged to HOWL for Seeley Lake during the "shelter-in-place." Each night at 8 p.m. go outside and howl or cheer for health care workers and essential workers and let them know how much their sacrifices mean during this challenging time. It is also an opportunity to let everyone in the community know they are not alone. For more information find the new group HOWL for Seeley Lake on Facebook.
• As of April 6, there are 319 cases of COVID-19 in Montana including 27 hospitalizations and six deaths. Missoula County has 24 cases and announced the first death of a Missoula resident April 4 due to complications with COVID-19.
• Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive allowing Montanans to renew their driver's licenses online and by mail. The Directive also temporarily extended deadlines to title and register vehicles transferred or purchased after March 16, and brings Montana commercial driver's licensing requirements in line with federal licensing requirements that have been relaxed during the emergency.
• Governor Steve Bullock announced a Directive March 31 that landlords are prohibited from terminating a lease or refusing to renew or extend the terms of a current lease agreement, at least on a month-to-month basis. It also prohibits late fees or other penalties due to late or nonpayment of rent, prohibits rent increases except for those previously agreed upon and prohibits landlords from seeking damages in court due to nonpayment of rent. The Directive also stops involuntary sales of homes, foreclosures, liens placed on residential properties or late fees charged due to inability to pay mortgage payments on time for the duration of the Directive. The Directive does not relieve tenants from paying rent or borrowers from paying mortgages or other financial obligations related to homeownership. Additionally, the Directive prohibits suspension of utilities during the emergency, including electricity, gas, sewage disposal, water, telephone, or internet services, and prohibits late fees for bills due during the Directive.