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GFPS Board of Trustees announces emergency meeting

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 18:37:08-04

GREAT FALLS — The Board of Trustees of the Great Falls Public Schools District announced that there will be an emergency meeting on Wednesday, March 18. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

No details of the meeting have been announced yet, but the trustees will likely address the current closure of all K-12 public schools across Montana due to increasing concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Governor Steve Bullock on Sunday announced a set of directives and guidance to slow the spread of coronavirus and protect Montanans, including closing of public K-12 schools, social distancing measures, and limiting visitation at nursing home facilities. Bullock's order directed all of Montana’s public K-12 schools to close starting on Monday, March 16, and remain closed through March 27. Click here for details.

KRTV plans to live-stream the event - click here.

There are now 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Montana. Here is the publicly-released information about them:

  • Gallatin County (3): man in his 40s; recovering at home; acquired through international travel; 2 men in their 20s
  • Missoula County (3): man in his 50s, woman in her 30s; man in his 20s
  • Yellowstone County (2): woman in her 50s; recovering at home; acquired through international travel; woman in her 20s
  • Butte-Silver Bow County: man in his 50s; recovering at home; acquired domestically in affected areas out of state
  • Broadwater County: man in his 50s; recovering at home; acquired domestically in affected areas out of state

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Great Falls or Cascade County. KRTV is aware of concerns in the community about who should be tested and who is able to get tested, and are working to get answers from public health officials.

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