The Ravalli County Commission will meet Friday morning, March 20, at 9 a.m. to discuss declaring an emergency in the county. Though there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in valley (as of 8 a.m. Thursday), an emergency declaration would position the county to receive reimbursements from the federal government and provides additional resources for the Ravalli County Emergency Services.

Commission Chairman Chris Hoffman said, "The purpose of the meeting is not to discuss nor propose mandatory closures of Ravalli County businesses. Rather, we are discussing costs associated with managing this emergency." Instead of attending the meeting, the commission suggested you view the live video stream at the Ravalli County website. The commissioners noted the voluntary steps that the public and businesses have already been taking to minimize the exposure to the virus. The Board is also working closely with the Ravalli County Incident Management Team. They reminded everyone to stay calm, follow recommended cleaning measures, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and stay home if you are sick.