At a short meeting Friday morning, March 20, the Ravalli County Commissioners proclaimed a State of Emergency in the valley. The resolution allows the county government to authorize emergency funding and authorize aid and assistance under the local emergency plan. It also allows Ravalli County to receive additional funding from the federal government. The commissioners applauded the volunteer efforts of businesses and the valley's public in their proactive steps to reduce spread of the COVID-19 corona virus. As of Friday morning, no cases of the disease have been reported in Ravalli County. Statewide, 15 positive cases have been reported, including at least four in nearby Missoula County.

Statewide and locally, many businesses will stop operations as of 8 p.m. Friday for at least a week, under Governor Steve Bullock's declaration Friday morning. The Ravalli County Incident Management Team is meeting daily to assess the emergency. Dr. Carol Calderwood has become Incident Commander. In addition, said Calderwood, “We know there may be more people that need assistance. The Public Health Department is setting up a volunteer ‘pool’ to help people in need." Their daily afternoon updates will be appearing at the Ravalli County website.