The City of Helena’s Next Steps to Address COVID-19
The City of Helena’s leadership team is working quickly to address the ever-changing situation of COVID-19. Interim City Manager, Melinda Reed, is meeting with directors regularly to assess each City department’s needs in order to support the safety of staff and the public. The City is also working with community partners, such as Lewis and Clark County, Lewis and Clark County Health, the State of Montana, East Helena, Helena Public Schools, and more to ensure the best possible outcome for our citizens.
Initial efforts include:
· The formation of a working group to continually assess the current situation and anticipate needs as this situation progresses.
· Determining essential and non-essential staff by department and establishing remote or socially distant work environments.
· Working closely with staff to accommodate families with school-aged children or children in daycares that have been closed.
· Determining the safest and most responsible way to continue to provide Capital Transit’s paratransit and East Valley bus service while not risking staff or the public’s exposure to COVID-19.
· Ensuring our emergency responders and law enforcement have sufficient personal protective equipment based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
· Coordinating with the Lewis & Clark DES Coordinator, county and state officials in implementing the Lewis & Clark County Emergency Operations plan.
“We are in uncharted waters,” stated Mayor Wilmot Collins. “However, the response from our Directors and City Manager is impressive. They are all dedicated to the safety and well-being of this community. We will get through this together.”
Helena has a long history of resilience, and the City will do just that as we face this COVID-19 pandemic together. Continue to follow “Community Headlines” at HelenaMT.gov where the latest information regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 is updated.