County has new website to navigate virus

By 
Justin Post — Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Do you have questions about accessing Park County government services after the City/County Complex in Livingston closed to the public?

Would you also like information about the local government’s response to COVID-19, the number of local confirmed cases, tips for staying safe during the pandemic and links to other helpful resources?

Park County has developed a new website that it hopes will help residents navigate these unprecedented times with maps, information and resources about Park County’s response to COVID-19, the disease caused by new coronavirus.

The new website was unveiled this week and offers videos and a wide range of resources for Park County residents.

A video posted to the site on Wednesday features Park County Commission Chairman Steve Caldwell, who reminded viewers of the importance of continuing to practice social distancing. At press time, Park County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but 19 have been identified in neighboring Gallatin County.

“I want to personally thank each person throughout Park County for doing your part to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus,” Caldwell said in the video.

Caldwell also said it’s recommended that gatherings be confined to five or fewer people, unless they live together, to reduce the spread of the dangerous virus.

He also explained on the video that the City/County Complex was closed in an effort to protect those public employees who continue to work in the building during the pandemic. 

“To do our part in maintaining delivery of essential public services,  and help protect emergency staff, Park County has issued building access restrictions for the City-County Complex, Fairgrounds and Park County Museum,” Caldwell says in the video.

Until further notice, he added, Park County services will be available online, by appointment or by telephone, he said.

“We know this is a difficult time for all of us. We’re all concerned about the potential threats to our health and the health of those we love and the economic impact is being felt by all of us,” Caldwell said in the video. “I’m really encouraged and heartened by seeing people in Park County making protective masks, helping our seniors, feeding kids and doing whatever they can to help others in this community.”

He said the city of Livingston, Park County, the health care industry, schools, businesses, nonprofits and religious groups are all working together to support the community’s needs.

The new “Park County COVID-19 Response” website includes a description of how the public should access county services during the closure of the City/County Complex.

It also outlines symptoms of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes recommendations for those who are sick. It further offers links to coronavirus data and apps, as well as national and global resources.

Visit the site at https://park-county-coronavirus-response-parkcounty.hub.arcgis.com.