The battle to contain COVID-19 has reached a new stage and we need to buckle down harder to keep our families and loved ones safe through social distancing and shelter-in-place practices.

The coronavirus is now passing between people within Missoula County. The community spread phase is the most concerning stage as this is when infection numbers start increasing quickly. The sacrifices we make NOW are crucial in limiting the spread of this highly contagious illness that has no known cure. We will hold strong. We will get through this. Thank you for keeping us safe.


Message from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Tribal Health Behavioral Health suggests the following articles to help cope with mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line.. The national Disaster Distress Helpline (call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746) offers 24/7 emotional support & if you have any medical concerns speak to a trusted healthcare provider.

If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911. You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA)

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is





March 27, 2020


PABLO, MT ­ Effective immediately, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ordered everyone within their jurisdiction to stay at their place of residence except as needed to maintain critical necessities. Many states have already ordered shelter in place or stay at home orders, including Montana.


The order was given by Tribal Council to further protect the health and well-being of all residents in the community. The order goes into effect immediately until further notice. The order includes a list of exceptions allowing people to continue their work and to maintain health and well-being on the Reservation.


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has no known cure and the best safety precaution is to prevent infection. This Order is being issued to protect the public health of residents of the Reservation, provide consistency across the Reservation, and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to decrease the infection rate, and stop the spread of the virus.


Residents will have access to necessities such as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes, whether to obtain or access food, prescriptions or health care, or to otherwise facilitate authorized essential activities, they should at all times practice social distancing with 6 feet between individuals for prevention.


The CSKT – Lake County Unified Command Center (UCC) team is authorized to take necessary steps to ensure compliance with this Order.


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