Commissioners rescind COVID emergency declaration

The Flathead County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind their prior declaration of a COVID-19 emergency, saying none of the county’s emergency funds have been used to mitigate the coronavirus as county departments have relied instead on state and federal relief.

The commissioners unanimously approved the emergency declaration in March, freeing up money that the Flathead City-County Health Department and other agencies could use to fight COVID-19. That included about $570,000 from the county’s general fund and about $269,000 from a special emergency fund, according to Commissioner Randy Brodehl.