March 23 Virus Briefs

Monday, March 23, 2020

Job Service closed to the public

All Montana J“This term is used to separate and restrict theob Service offices will close to the public beginning today.

They will continue to operate by providing remote services, said a press release.

According to a press release, staff are still available by phone and email.

— By Star Staff

Hearing on replacement licensing rule to be held via teleconference

The hearing scheduled for today has been switched to teleconference.

The administrative rule hearing will be hosted at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters in Helene and will discuss the replacement licensing rule, said a press release.

“The proposed rule changes will make it more convenient for customers to replace their hunting licenses and permits during this time of transition to regular paper for licenses and permits. The department anticipates an increase in need for replacement licenses during this transition,” said a press release.

Currently, license holders can replace a licence or permit that is lost, stolen or destroyed by signing an affidavit. The affidavit must then be submitted at an FWP office or license provider. The number of replacements if limited to two within a two-year period, said a press release.

The proposed amendments remove the number of reprints allowed along with the requirements to sign an affidavit.

To join the teleconference call (425) 436-6384 and callers will need to type in 709771 to get into the hearing. The call will start at 6 p.m.

— By Star Staff

FWP closes offices to the public

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have closed their office across the state to the public due to the coronavirus.

According to a press release, the offices closed at 5 p.m. on Friday.

“With license sales and applications, traffic through our offices has been robust even with warnings about social distancing and public safety due to COVID-19,” said FWP Director Martha Williams in a press release. “FWP will continue to sell licenses online and help customers with questions regarding their license purchase through a call center and through email.”

— Licences purchased online will be mailed

— The call center is open. Call 406-234-0900 for the Region 7 office in Miles City.

License buyers can still purchase their licenses online or from any license provider, said the press release.

The offices will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

— By Star Staff

The local fire department shares prevention message

Miles City Fire and Rescue are reminding people what self-quarantine means.

“This term is used to separate and restrict the movement of someone who is well but who recently had close contact with a person who later was diagnosed with the virus. A person in self-quarantine should follow all the rules of sheltering in place, except they should avoid going to stores or interacting with the public even on a limited basis for a 14-day period,” said a press release.

According to a press release, have a friend deliver grocers. A quarantined person should stay away from people including those in the household. It’s recommended that the quarantined person sleep in a separate space away from family members.

— By Star Staff

Senior Congregate Meals still being served

The Senior Congregate Meals are still available for pick-up from the 600 Cafe but they will now be brought to the door.

According to Jan Pratt, meals will be served 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Seniors will still need to sign-in and donate as usual.

— By Star Staff

Doctors: Testing restraints limit Wyoming COVID-19 detection

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A shortage of testing capacity is making it harder for health officials in Wyoming to determine just how many people in the state have been infected with coronavirus, doctors said, while Gov. Mark Gordon sought to expedite delivery of supplies related to the virus.

The nationwide testing shortage includes not enough equipment to reliably move swabs from clinics to labs, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, state guidelines limit testing to high-risk cases: the elderly, health care workers and those in contact with people who’ve been infected. People with milder cases, who make up over 80 percent of those with the COVID-19 illness, largely are not being tested.

“Most providers feel like this is the time we should be testing, this is the time we should figure out where the clusters are,” Wyoming Medical Center chief of staff Dr. Andy Dunn said.