Mayor urges Miles City residents to stay calm

Derrick Calhoun Star Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

With fear of the unknown, Mayor John Hollowell offered words of encouragement.

According to remarks made by President Donald Trump in a Fox News event at the While House, the President is hopeful that the economy can open back up by Easter Sunday.

Easter is April 12, less than three weeks away, and experts still warn about the deadly threat of the coronavirus. These remarks came at a time where more and more states are imposing extreme measures to help slow the threat of COVID-19.

“I hope he is right,” said Hollowell in a phone interview this morning with the Star.

Hollowell said that he fully understands the want to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but also understands how hard the current situation is on the economy both of Miles City and of the country.

“It’s a shock to our economy, but thankfully we haven’t had any confirmations here in town,” he said.

According to Hollowell, the current closures of businesses in town won’t do the town any favors, but said that the federal and state government have been working together to try and find the best solutions to the situation.

According to Hollowell, emergency services will continue to function.

He then touched on the fact that there are still guidelines put in place and it is important to keep the ones at risk safe.

Hollowell expressed the importance of staying calm, following the guidelines put in place, and continuing to live your life without putting others or yourself at risk.

“Remain calm and do not panic,” said Hollowell. “Especially if we do get confirmations. Continue to follow the CDC guidelines, if you are sick stay at home, but also live your lives. Don’t put others in danger, but continue to live your life, go outside, get some fresh air.”

The CDC guidelines include the following:

— Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available

— Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

— Practice distancing. Stay 6 feet apart from others

— Stay home if sick

— Cover coughs and sneezes

— Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

(Contact Derrick Calhoun at or 406-234-0450.)