We’re in this together!
It’s easy to get caught up in the panic around the COVID-19 outbreak, but when are we at our best? When we slow down, when we breathe, when we think rationally and critically and when we HELP each other. When the Apollo 13 oxygen tank failed and the lunar module was in danger of not returning to earth, Gene Kranz, the lead flight director overheard people saying that this could be the worst disaster NASA had ever experienced- to which Kranz is rumoured to have responded, “With all due respect, I believe this will be our finest hour.” Our communities are no stranger to disasters, fires, floods and through each test we realize that working together brings out the best in us all! If you see random acts of kindness out in your communities or have an uplifting message to share, then give us a shout! You’re more than welcome to call our text to win line at 406-800-1045 and leave us a message with a random act of kindness that you saw in our community! We’ll share these messages on air and continue to remind our listeners that even quarantined we can step up and help each other.
With a lot of people physically distancing themselves(self quarantine) and Montana universities and public schools operating via remote learning and most events put on pause. What are some ways to help or get help? Here are some links and information that we’ve gathered from credible resources.
If you are at risk and NEED help or want to offer help, the public facebook group “Missoula COVID-19 Mutual Aid Organizing is a great start, check out their website here. OR please donate or reach out to the United Way of Missoula County.
Cindy Farr Incident Commander of the Missoula City County Health Department has been posting daily updates about the total COVID 19 cases via youtube about Missoulas response to COVID 19.
If you have symptoms like coughing and fever and think that you have COVID-19, don’t call their INFO-line, please call one of the Focused Screening Centers or use one of the other resources below:
“We’re pleased to announce that the Missoula County COVID-19 Testing Center is launched at the Missoula Fairgrounds. Tests are by appointment only. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing) or are caring for someone with symptoms, call 406-258-INFO (4636) and select Option 2 to speak to a nurse.
Missoula County residents who meet CDC’s testing guidance for groups one and two are eligible. These groups include people with symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, who have an underlying health condition such as diabetes; heart, lung, liver, or kidney disease; asthma; obesity; or are over 65 years of age, pregnant, or immunocompromised. Additionally, those first responders and health care workers with symptoms are eligible for testing due to patient interactions and their role in our health care infrastructure. We will test more people as resources become available.”
Providence Grant Creek Walk-In Clinic
3075 N. Reserve St., Suite Q
Hours 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
If the patient is experiencing symptoms, please call in advance: 406-327-1750.
Community Medical Center: Call the complementary 24/7 Nurse on Call for symptom evaluation, 406-327-4770. Patients with symptoms should call in advance of visiting the hospital or any clinic.
Partnership Health Center: Patients with symptoms should call the mainline at
406-258-4789 before visiting a PHC site.
Providence Clinics – Call your primary care clinic for symptom evaluation. After hours/weekends, call the main clinic number or 1-855-PMG-TEAM (1-855-764-8326) for the nurse on call.
• Virtual Public Screening – Providence ExpressCare Virtual website
Blue Moose Pediatrics is offering FREE telemedicine. No need to be insured or be a patient. Learn more here.
Missoula Works is the ONLY company in our community that employ our most marginalized citizens. Low-income, homeless, in recovery from drugs and alcohol, single parents and returning citizens. In the past week we have experienced a surge of layoffs in our staffing department and a significant drop off in jobs for our Get It Done Crew. Please know that we are STILL actively employing our staff on our outdoor projects such as spring cleaning, lawn maintenance, demolition and reconstruction of decks and fencing, junk outs and junk hauling.
The more of these jobs that we can acquire, the more we can keep people working – keeping them off of unemployment, help them feed their kids, pay the rent. If you have outdoor work that needs to be done and want to support a mission-based organization – call us for a free estimate. Support out local economy by deploying our workforce to start your spring projects. 926-3400
MISSOULA FOOD BANK & COMMUNITY CENTER: COVID-19 FURTHER PROCESS CHANGES
As our country and community continue to weather this challenging time, our food bank is doing all we can to protect the community we care so much about and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In response to the Governor’s Stay at Home Directive, we are temporarily suspending all volunteer shifts inside our building. We will continue to utilize volunteers for our senior home delivery program, ROOTS.
While we are endlessly grateful for the number of people who are willing to help in a time of unprecedented need, we are also committed to doing our part in preventing community spread, and are therefore making hard choices on how to proceed.
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, hours of operation will be as follows:
Here are some resources for parents with children at home during the quarantine to keep things entertaining and educational: