Updated: Mar 31
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if you think you’ve been exposed, call your health care provider. If you do not have a primary care provider:
Call Montana’s COVID-19 Taskforce at 888-333-0461
Find your local county or tribal public health office (Montana Dept. of Public Health scroll down to “local county or tribal public health office”) and give them a call
Get tested: Governor Bullock made COVID-19 testing free for any Montanan without insurance, as well as treatment if they are confirmed positive. To access these new emergency services, call 406-444-7605 or email HHSPresumptive@mt.gov
Governor Bullock has closed schools until April 10, but teachers and families should be prepared for schools to remain closed until the end of the school year. Teachers and staff will continue to receive pay and districts will work to provide solutions to kids and parents so students can continue receiving quality instruction during the closure.
Does your child get free lunch at school? Your district should be in touch about where your family can pick up your child’s meal while school is out. School Services of Montana is also putting together a map of school meal locations across the state while schools are closed. Please note this resource is a work in progress and may not have every meal pick up location listed, yet.
Are you having trouble financing broadband services for home learning? Talk with your internet provider or apply for Lifeline through the Federal Communications Commission here.
If your children are under 5 years old, you may be eligible for WIC, which serves women with infants and young children. To find out more, you can call (800) 433-4298 or (406) 444-5533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're worried about keeping your kids occupied:
Our campaign will be reading books to kids using Facebook Live at least once a week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you know when our next reading will take place.
PBS Kids is sending a daily newsletter on educational games and activities to do with your children - you can sign up here.
The National Education Association has a number of resources for parents of all age groups from teachers - you can find those here.
Montana PBS will be streaming K-8 content every weekday for kids. For more information and to find an updated schedule, visit their website.
Retired Havre High School math teacher Mary Wagner has offered to Math Hotline for students who need help. Give her a call at 265-8276 if your students have questions!
The Montana Renewable Energy Association has put together an activity packet for kids. Check it out here.
Every Tuesday and Friday at 1:00 pm MT, we will be reading books on Facebook Live! Follow our Facebook page for more information and to request particular books.
There are several education partners around the state who are helping teachers do live science lessons with your class if you are doing any synchronous learning and teacing. Contact one of the organizations below and they will create a custom program for you and your class:
Montana Natural History Center -https://www.montananaturalist.org/
Exploration Works -https://www.explorationworks.org/
Montana Outdoor Science School - https://www.outdoorscience.org/
The Office of Public Instruction put together several remote sharing sessions for educators and administrators. Check out the schedule here.
For people who need assistance:
Montana’s HELP Line: 1-800-332-8425
Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
If you don’t feel safe in your home, you can call the Montana Coalition of Domestic and Sexual Violence at 406-443-7794 or 888-404-7794 or email email@example.com . You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
If you need help with supplies and groceries, visit the Montana Food Bank Network for more information.
Check in with your local grocery store, many grocery stores across Montana are reserving special early morning hours for seniors, those with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women to minimize contact.
If you need food delivered to your home, contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 800-551-3191 or follow this link to find the closest agency.
For employers and business owners:
Governor Bullock announced dine-in food service and alcoholic beverage businesses will be closed effective 8 p.m. on Friday, March 20 until 11:59 p.m. on March 27, 2020 – though folks should be prepared for these closures to extend past that date.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has drastically expanded access to low-interest loans to help businesses recover from disasters - more information is available here.
Businesses can also contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For nonprofits, Montana Nonprofit Association has a number of resources, available here.
Over 200 telecommunication companies have committed to the FCC's Keeping Americans Connected Pledge. This means maintaining services and waiving late fees for customers suffering due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Check if your provider has made that commitment here.
Governor Bullock has made unemployment insurance benefits available to all workers who are sick, quarantined, or laid-off due to the COVID-19 outbreak and waived the one-week waiting period to receive benefits. If you or someone you know is unemployed due to COVID-19, please call 406-444-2544 or visit www.montanaworks.gov to start the process of filing for unemployment.
For Tribes and Urban Indian Communities:
Indian Health Service will provide weekly calls on COVID-19 for tribal and urban Indian organization leaders every Thursday until further notice. Information about these calls can be found on the calendar provided on the IHS website.
Contact the IHS Billings Area office for information on health resources available to your community.
Visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website for updates and information on resources available to your community.
For veterans and their families:
If you're a veteran, and think you may be displaying symptoms, call your closest VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected).
Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA's online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans' symptoms and direct you to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment, or arrange a video appointment through their telehealth option. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing.
Help is available for veterans in crisis by calling the Veteran Crisis Line at 1 (800) 273-8255 and pressing 1, at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or by texting 838255.
Daily coronavirus updates can be found on VA.gov or on VA's public health page.