GREAT FALLS — Holiday Village Mall in Great Falls is reducing its hours in response to growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Chris Furst, the general manager of the mall, told KRTV that hours of operation at this point are noon until 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 am until 6 pm on Sundays. Prior to this, the mall opened at 10 a.m.
Furst said that the reduction in hours will allow staff to spend more time cleaning and sterilizing areas.
He noted that some of the retailers inside the mall may adjust their hours, but was not able to provide specifics. If you plan to visit any store in the mall, you should call the store to find out its hours of operation.
One person told KRTV that the Champs Sports store in the mall plans to close for two weeks, and that Champs employees will be paid for their regular shifts during that period.
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As of Monday, March 16, DPHHS has tested a total of 204 people for COVID-19; six of those results have been positive. The state currently has the capacity to test approximately 850 more people, and anticipates receiving more tests from the CDC as needed. Click here to visit the DPHHS website. DPPHS says that COVID-19 testing is available 7 days a week; for information about testing, call 1-800-821-7284. Here is the information that has been publicly released about the six patients:
- Missoula County: woman in her 30s
- Missoula County: man in his 50s
- Gallatin County: man in his 40s; recovering at home; acquired through international travel
- Yellowstone County: woman in her 50s; recovering at home; rcquired through international travel
- Silver Bow County: man in his 50s; recovering at home; acquired domestically in affected areas out of state
- Broadwater County: a man in his 50s who sought care in Lewis and Clark County; recovering at home; acquired domestically in affected areas out of state
In addition to the six confirmed cases actually IN Montana, there is a seventh Montanan confirmed to have COVID-19. That person, from Lake County, is a part time Montana resident with no documented exposures or close contacts in Montana, and was not tested in Montana. She was tested and diagnosed in Maryland, where she currently is residing.