Keeping the Community Informed on COVID-19

Keeping the Community Informed on COVID-19

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This event will be updated everyday - as necessary - tentatively at 10:00am and 4:30pm. 

UPDATED APRIL 3, 2020 @ 12:00pm

There are currently 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Park County, Montana - 4/2/2020 @ 4:45pm -  Park County COVID-19 response  

RECENT PRESS RELEASES - MOST CURRENT IS LISTED FIRST
Please find all press releases at the bottom of this event

Stay Home Order Clarification from Brad Bichler, Park County Sheriff's Office - April 1, 2020 -  With respect to the Governor's "Executive Order for Mandatory Quarantine for Certain Travelers Arriving in Montana From Another State or Country" These quarantine restrictions do not apply in the following circumstances: 1)To persons traveling through Montana en route to another destination; 2) To public health, public safety, or healthcare workers; or 3)Residents of Cooke City, Silver Gate, and Yellowstone National Park who are traveling from their place of residence through Wyoming for the purpose of Essential Travel as set forth in EHR 2020-1. Read the full message here. 

Governor Bullock Directs Measures to Limit Foreclosures, Evictions, and Disconnections from Service - March 31, 2020 - Governor Steve Bullock today announced consumer protections to lessen the economic impacts on Montanans during the COVID-19 statewide emergency by stopping evictions, foreclosures and cancellation of utility services including water, heating and internet service.  “One of my top priorities is continuing to find ways to ease the financial hardships on Montanans. So long as this virus forces Montanans to stay home to save lives, Montanans need a home to stay in,” Governor Bullock said. “This order ensures that a loss of income won’t lead to Montanans losing their homes or having the heat turned off if they can’t pay the rent or make their monthly utility bill.” Read the full directive here. 

Take out is Safe, Support our Park County Restaurants & Food Service Providers - Park County Health Department - Immediate Release March 31, 2020 -  "It is believed that the risk of contracting COVID-19 from ordering take-out or delivery is minimal. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 by food." Read the full press release here. 

Governor Bullock Directs 14-Day Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Montana From Another State or Country - Effective March 30, 2020 -  Governor Steve Bullock today directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. The Directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s Stay at Home Directive.Please read the full directive here. 

Governor Bullock issues shelter in place order - Effective March 28, 2020:  A measure meant to keep the state's 1.06 million residents at home in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Read the full details and executive order here. 

Restricted Travel to Cooke City/ Silvergate -  Park County Health Department -  The Park County Health Department is requesting anyone who is not a permanent resident or a provider of essential services avoid all travel to the Cooke City/Silvergate area at this time. This includes both single day and overnight visitors. Read the full press release here.  

Custer Gallatin National Forest Close Developed Recreation Sites, Rental Cabins, Toilets to Limit Spread of COVID-19 – March 27, 2020:  The continued health and safety of visitors, as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers is the utmost priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our effort the Custer Gallatin National Forest is working to support social distancing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Montana and South Dakota, and local county health officials across our forest, to help reduce the spread of the virus. For full success of these guidelines we need your help. Read the full press release here. 

GARDINER, MONTANA RESOURCES 
The Yellowstone Community Fund
The Yellowstone Community Fund has funds available to help with gas, groceries, and medicine for any Gardiner area employee or business owner effected by ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis. Yellowstone Community Fund funds are being distrubed by: 

  • For help with gas please inquire at the Gardiner Town Station Conoco or Yellowstone Dino Lube 
  • For help with groceries or costs related to medicine please contact the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce at 406-848-7971 or via email at [email protected]
  • For other help please contact Jim Halfpenny 406-223-1579

Anyone wishing to donate to the Yellowstone Community Fund, a 501 (c)(3)non-profit organization, please drop off checks and/or cash to the Drop Box located at the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce 216 Park St. Please make checks payable to Yellowstone Community Fund. If you would like a 501 (c)(3) donation receipt for tax purposes please include your name and address with your donation upon drop off.

Gardiner Food Pantry - Linda Grey, Director 307-250-5853
Open every Tuesday 1-6 pm located at 108 Third St. Gardiner, MT 59030

  • Adhering to our personal space issues and beefing up already stringent cleaning routine. 
  • Offering delivery to all those people that can't get out for fear of exposure or are sick in any way. 
  • Seniors can have meals delivered to their house through our senior's meal program( Lunch4U). Those interested can call Anna Holloway at 406-223-2751 at the Tumbleweed for Meals. 
  • For those that need an Emergency Food box delivered to their home call Linda Gray at 307-250-5853.
  •  How you can help - the most impactful action you can take is to make either a food donation (which can be dropped off at the Gardiner Market) or a monetary donation at: PO Box 459, Gardiner, MT 59030. If you have any questions please call Linda Gray, Director 307-250-5853. 

Gardiner School District 
 While schools are closed the Gardiner School District invites you to join us for free lunch and breakfast. 

  • Monday - Friday  for any child under 18 regardless of school or even if not in school yet.  However, not able to assist with infants.
  • March 30 - until school are open. 
  • Drop off sites are Mammoth Community Center, Corwin Springs Bus Stop, and the School.  Time is Noon-12:30.
  • Each day the child will receive a lunch and breakfast for the next morning.

Any child under 18 is able to participate. Please contact Anna to sign up: [email protected]

Volunteering in the Gardiner Community 
Please contact Chuck Tanner at 415-297-9105 or via email at [email protected]. He will communicate with you as needs arise in our community. 

Gardiner School District - While schools are closed the Gardiner School District invites you to join us for free lunch and breakfast March 30 - until school are open. Drop off sites are to Be determined. Right now they are reaching out to find out who is interested. Any child under 18 is able to participate. Please contact anna to sign up: [email protected]

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) ACTCoronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) ACT
On Friday March 27, 2020, (CARES) Act (link) was passed. The bill builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be a third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed two weeks ago and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. On Friday March 27, 2020, (CARES) Act (link) was passed. The bill builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be a third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed two weeks ago and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Blood Drive - Friday April 3 from 1pm - 6pm at Yellowstone Forever, 308 W. Park St. Gardiner, MT 59030 
To meet blood and medical needs the Red Cross is in desperate need of your help! The Red Cross is very aware of the issues with COVID-19 and is taking extra precautions at Blood Drives. Please consider donating in this crucial time of need. Call Kelly 406-848-7271 or visit www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: GARDINERMT Blood Drive - Friday April 3 from 1pm - 6pm at Yellowstone Forever. To meet blood and medical needs the Red Cross is in desperate need of your help! The Red Cross is very aware of the issues with COVID-19 and is taking extra precautions at Blood Drives. Please consider donating in this crucial time of need. Call Kelly 406-848-7271 or visit www.redcrossblood.org Sponsor Code: GARDINERMT

Park County COVID-19 nonprofit resources 
For an extensive list, including contact information, on what area nonprofits are doing to address during this time please click here.

Open for Business
For a list of area restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and community services that are open at this time please click here.  

Little People's Learning Center
Daily updating online learning resources for parents of young kid please click here. Also, consider donating to their Staff Supplementary Income Fund. 

The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center 
The Gardiner Chamber of Commerce is open by appointment only: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM. For the safety of our staff we will allow one person in at a time while practicing social distancing. Please call 406-848-7971 to schedule an appointment. If you are seeking resources from Yellowstone Community Fund please call 406-848-7971 for an appointment. PLEASE LEAVE A VOICEMAIL IF NO ONE IS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER.    

To protect our staff we have locked the main door, limited it to one guest per entry,  please maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and our staff member, and ask for you to please call 406-848-7971 to be let in or set up an appointment. 
The adjacent Public Restroom Facility and 24 hour Information Vestibule will remain closed for the foreseeable future. 

VOLUNTEERING & DONATING 
Gardiner Community - Please contact Chuck Tanner at 415-297-9105 or via email at [email protected]. He will communicate with you as needs arise in our community. 

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer for the Park County Health Department and assist with food deliveries, food preparation, or in other ways to support those who need the most help in our community, please call (406) 222-4131 or sign up online, please click here. 

Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund - "In response to the anticipated health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Park County Community Foundation has launched the Park County COVID-19 Resilience Fund. Local organizations will be the backbone of the response to this unprecedented crisis. Please consider making a gift today to support their work." To donate and learn more please click here. 

Park County COVID-19 nonprofit resources - for an extensive list, including contact information, on what area nonprofits are doing to address during this time please click here.

Park County Ministerial Association - We will deliver necessities to your home if you are unable to leave home because of the virus. To sign up to volunteer to help delivery groceries or to ask for helpfor help please click here.

PARK COUNTY RESOURCES
Park County Health Department:  Please visit the Park County Health Department Website - you will find resources including links to their daily podcast, latest press releases, and specific county information regarding COVID-19. 

Park County COVID-19 Hotline - from the Park County Health Department
406-222-4131
Mon. - Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

Park County COVID-19 Response - Park County Health Department 

Park County COVID-19 nonprofit resources - For an extensive list, including contact information, on what area nonprofits are doing to address during this time please click here.   

Park County Health Department Frequently Asked Questions

Livingston HealthCare COVID-19 Website

Mental Health Support Documents available in Park County and surrounding areas.

Park County Minsteral Association - We will deliver necessities to your home if you are unable to leave home because of the virus. To sign up to volunteer to help delivery groceries or to ask for help please click here. 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK  

Press Release March 24, 2020 

STATE OF MONTANA RESOURCES 

MT State Library COVID-19 Case Locations in the State

Montana Governor's Coronavirus Task Force 

Unemployment Assistance or call Unemployment Insurance Division over the phone at: (406) 444-2545

NATIONAL & GLOBAL RECOURCES 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine - Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases  

World Health Organization (WHO) 

BUSINESS RESOURCES 
In another effort to keep the community informed each week the Gardiner Community Newsletter will publish a full page town update. Our hope is to include the latest information from the state and Park County, area resources, and specific business information. If your business is doing anything special including; curbside pick-up, delivery, specials, etc. please email [email protected] - we will run this as a line ad for free. Additionally, if you have any other suggestions for what should be included please email [email protected]

CARES Act Webinar  U.S. Travel hosted a webinar yesterday, March 30th, to help answer these questions for you. Please see  these helpful resources below—all of which are also available on their CARES Act resources page.

In the webinar, U.S. Travel's government relations team shared detailed information about the following CARES Act provisions, including who is eligible, what kind of financial assistance is provided and how companies can apply, as well as any outstanding questions or direction still to come from the administration:

Other CARES Act Resources U.S. Travel's CARES Act page has a host of other resources as well, most notably a Guide to CARES Act Eligibility that can walk you through exactly what your organization is eligible for:  ELIGIBILITY GUIDE

CARES Act Key Updates On Friday March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of Representatives by a voice vote. The President then signed the bill into law. The bill builds upon earlier versions of the CARES Act and is intended to be a third round of federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout, succeeding the $8.3 billion in public health support passed two weeks ago and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It is the product of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans for a bipartisan response to the crisis.

The CARES Act builds on the two former pieces of legislation by providing more robust support to both individuals and businesses, including changes to tax policy. The bill includes:

  • Expanded unemployment insurance (UI) for workers, including a $600 per week increase in benefits for up to four months and federal funding of UI benefits provided to those not usually eligible for UI, such as the self-employed, independent contractors, and those with limited work history. The federal government is incentivizing states to repeal any “waiting week” provisions that prevent unemployed workers from getting benefits as soon as they are laid off by fully funding the first week of UI for states that suspend such waiting periods. Additionally, the federal government will fund an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through December 31, 2020 after workers have run out of state unemployment benefits.
  • $350 billion allocated for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is meant to help small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn to make payroll and cover other expenses from February 15 to June 30. Notably, small businesses may take out loans up to $10 million—limited to a formula tied to payroll costs—and can cover employees making up to $100,000 per year. Loans may be forgiven if a firm uses the loan for payroll, interest payments on mortgages, rent, and utilities and would be reduced proportionally by any reduction in employees retained compared to the prior year and a 25 percent or greater reduction in employee compensation.
  • Recovery Rebate for individual taxpayers. The bill would provide a $1,200 refundable tax credit for individuals ($2,400 for joint taxpayers). Additionally, taxpayers with children will receive a flat $500 for each child. The rebates would not be counted as taxable income for recipients, as the rebate is a credit against tax liability and is refundable for taxpayers with no tax liability to offset. The rebate phases out at $75,000 for singles, $112,500 for heads of household, and $150,000 for joint taxpayers at 5 percent per dollar of qualified income, or $50 per $1,000 earned. It phases out entirely at $99,000 for single taxpayers with no children and $198,000 for joint taxpayers with no children (see Chart 1). 2019 or 2018 tax returns will be used to calculate the rebate advanced to taxpayers, but taxpayers eligible for a larger rebate based on 2020 income will receive it in the 2020 tax season. Taxpayers with higher incomes in 2020 will see the overpayment associated with their rebate forgiven. For example, a single taxpayer with $100,000 in 2019 income would not receive an advance rebate but would receive the $1,200 credit on their 2020 return if their income for the year fell below the phaseout. On the other hand, a single taxpayer with $35,000 in income receives a $1,200 advance rebate but would not have to pay the rebate back on the 2020 return if they make $100,000 this year. This is structurally similar to the 2008 rebate design. We estimate the rebate will decrease federal revenue by about $301 billion in 2020, according to the Tax Foundation General Equilibrium Model. This credit is one-time, but policymakers may consider additional rebates if the downturn is prolonged.
  • A variety of business tax provisions:
    • Employers are eligible for a 50 percent refundable payroll tax credit on wages paid up to $10,000 during the crisis. It would be available to employers whose businesses were disrupted due to virus-related shutdowns and firms experiencing a decrease in gross receipts of 50 percent or more when compared to the same quarter last year. The credit is available for employees retained but not currently working due to the crisis for firms with more than 100 employees, and for all employee wages for firms with 100 or fewer employees.
    • Employer-side Social Security payroll tax payments may be delayed until January 1, 2021, with 50 percent owed on December 31, 2021 and the other half owed on December 31, 2022. The Social Security Trust Fund will be backfilled by general revenue in the interim period.
    • Firms may take net operating losses (NOLs) earned in 2018, 2019, or 2020 and carry back those losses five years. The NOL limit of 80 percent of taxable income is also suspended, so firms may use NOLs they have to fully offset their taxable income. The bill also modifies loss limitations for non-corporate taxpayers, including rules governing excess farm losses, and makes a technical correction to the treatment of NOLs for the 2017 and 2018 tax years.
    • Firms with tax credit carryforwards and previous alternative minimum tax (AMT) liability can claim larger refundable tax credits than they otherwise could. 
    • The net interest deduction limitation, which currently limits businesses’ ability to deduct interest paid on their tax returns to 30 percent of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), has been expanded to 50 percent of EBITDA for 2019 and 2020. This will help businesses increase liquidity if they have debt or must take on more debt during the crisis.
    • Technical corrections to the depreciation treatment of qualified improvement property (QIP).
    • The excise tax applied on alcohol used to produce hand sanitizer is temporarily suspended for tax year 2020.
    • Aviation excise taxes are suspended until January 1, 2021. We estimate this will reduce federal revenue by about $8 billion in 2020. 

To learn more about congress approving the Economic Relief Plan, click here!

 

The US Treasury has provided more guidance for the COVID-19  relief:  For small and mid-sized employers under the Families First Cornoavirus Response Act signed into law March 18, 2020. This Act requires the majority of employers to implement and provide certain paid leave protections to employees in relation to COVID-19 disruptions.  The Act also provides a credit/reimbursement claim for these employers.  Please read in its entirety to determine if these provisions apply, click here for corresponding information.

Emergency Loans Now Available for Small Businesses: "Businesses are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in 30-year loans with an interest rate of 3.75 percent. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits."  Click here to apply.

CDC Print Resources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have an extensive amount of print resources you can post at your business. If you are a Chamber member and would like any of these documents and are unable to print please let the Chamber know via phone 406-848-7971 or email [email protected] and we will print them for you.   

Marketing in the age of COVID-19: Some great ideas surrounding marketing in this time - this is not a sponsored link- please click here.

Governor Bullock Announces Closure of Dine-In Food Service and Alcoholic Beverage Businesses, and Other Activities that Pose Enhanced Risks to Curtail Spread of COVID-19: Effective March 20, 2020: To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock today announced measures to close dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses and other activities that pose enhanced health risks, effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. This Directive expires at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020, the same day that school closures are set to expire, though the date will likely be extended. Read the full Directive here. 

Governor Bullock Extends Montana's Tax Filing Deadline: Effective March 20, 2020: Governor Steve Bullock today extended the payment and filing deadlines for 2019 individual income taxpayers to July 15 in accordance with the new federal filing deadline. Read the full press release here.

VARIOUS PRESS RELEASES - MOST CURRENT IS LISTED FIRST 

Governor Bullock Announces Shelter-in-place Order,: Effective March 28, 2020: A measure meant to keep the state's 1.06 million residents at home in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The order takes effect Saturday at 12:01 a.m. "We have to do more to curtail the spread of this virus," Bullock said in a call with reporters.
Read the full details and executive order here. 

Governor Bullock Announces Closure of Dine-In Food Service and Alcoholic Beverage Businesses, and Other Activities that Pose Enhanced Risks to Curtail Spread of COVID-19: Effective March 20, 2020: To curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana, Governor Steve Bullock today announced measures to close dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses and other activities that pose enhanced health risks, effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. This Directive expires at 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020, the same day that school closures are set to expire, though the date will likely be extended. Read the full Directive here. 

Governor Bullock Extends Montana's Tax Filing Deadline: Effective March 20, 2020: Governor Steve Bullock today extended the payment and filing deadlines for 2019 individual income taxpayers to July 15 in accordance with the new federal filing deadline. Read the full press release here.

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