There's been a rather serious development in the fight against COVID-19. Incoming travelers to Montana must self quarantine for 14 days, and the details are here:

Terry Cunningham has conveniently put together the bullet points of the new rules.

Daily Update / Tip: On March 30, 2020, Governor Bullock issued an order requiring mandatory quarantine for certain travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country. This applies to Montana residents and nonresidents alike. The specifics include the following:

• Any person coming to Montana from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. If a person will be present in Montana for fewer than 14 days, that person must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit.

• Any person who has already arrived in Montana from another state or country for a non-workrelated purpose before the date of this Directive must immediately self-quarantine for the remainder of a 14-day period beginning on the date of their arrival in Montana, or until their departure from Montana—whichever is sooner.

• The Montana National Guard is authorized to conduct temperature checks, assess individuals for COVID-19 symptoms, and to inquire about the exposure history (e.g., close contact with an infected person) of any traveler arriving in Montana from another state or country through air or rail travel. Such checks may only occur with the express direction and authorization of the Governor and Adjutant General, and only at locations to be determined by the Governor and Adjutant General, consistent with the purposes of this Directive.

• When conducting temperature checks, assessing for symptoms, and inquiring about exposure history, the Montana National Guard will advise travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country of the mandatory quarantine for those traveling to Montana for non-workrelated purposes, as well as the Stay at Home order and its limitations on non-essential travel.

FAQ: Q: How does the Governor’s order impact my brother’s vacation plan to visit me next week from Boston? A: You should reconsider these plans.

Since your brother is arriving from another state and the trip is not work-related, he would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Not doing so would be in violation of the Governor’s order.

Pulling Together: The Bozeman Help Center is rising to the occasion when it comes to connecting those in need with the resources they need. If individuals or families require emergency food, housing, transportation, financial or other social assistance, they should call 2-1-1.

The 2-1-1 hotline is an information and resource line and crisis response call center answered by Bozeman Help Center for calls made in the Southwest Montana region.

Referrals to the appropriate source(s) of assistance will be made.

What Can I Do? Give blood – or be a blood donor screener.

The American Red Cross a very specific and immediate need. has implemented several enhanced blood donations protocols in the interest of safety, and there is an urgent and critical need for volunteers to support these protocols.

A new volunteer opportunity, Blood Donor Screener, will help pre-screen blood donors entering drives or donation centers. Red Cross is seeking individuals to fulfill this volunteer role immediately.

To learn more contact Gini by phone at 406- 493-8778 or email IDMT.Recruiting@redcross.org To complete your application visit: redcross.org/volunteer

photo - Michelle Wolfe