City recommends residents follow guidelines to slow virus

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Hardin’s Mayor is encouraging the public to follow all recommended guidelines to help fight the spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus.

Mayor Joe Purcell said in a public release the guidelines set forth by the local communities and the state of Montana will help slow the spread of the virus as predictions for the upcoming weeks look grim.

“The next few weeks are going to be difficult and challenging for everyone in our city, state and nation,” Purcell said in the statement. “This virus has already crippled countries around the world and states in our own nation. Being proactive and compliant with hand washing, social distancing and staying home if you have signs of illness is the key to keeping our community healthy.”

Purcell also reminded citizens to be mindful and discourage all group gatherings to limit your exposure to others.

“This includes church services, birthdays and family gatherings and even the grocery store,” he continued. “Our elders are the most susceptible and the most likely to have negative outcomes if they are infected. Please remind our younger generations of the importance of keeping our elders safe.”

All city buildings will remain closed to public access thru April 10.

City council meetings will be held via video conferencing until further notice. The city’s website,, explains how to sign in to attend the meetings.

“Together we are Hardin Strong and together we can keep our community healthy and safe,” he concluded.