Some good news from Butte, Montana

The man behind the mask is Jerry Sullivan

By Jerry Sullivan

The 1918 flu pandemic killed 1,000 people in Butte, Montana.

Far too many victims were children. In this one, Butte, thankfully, has suffered no deaths.

Montana has been shut down since the middle of March. No St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Butte on March 17. A dramatic first, and a signal that this virus was serious.

Granite Mountain Bank, as an essential service, is required to be open.

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We closed the lobby of the banks and kept the drive ups open.

Employees that have compromised health conditions stayed at home for the first two weeks. During that period the bank put in distancing practices that further reduced risk.

My wife is the Covid Cop in my house.

Kay shops for groceries each Wednesday between 7 and 9 a.m.

Like many, we wear masks whenever we do go to a store.

She has been giving me Covid haircuts and but for few nicks on the back of the head, not bad.

If you can’t see them, they don’t exist.

Going forward, the bank business model has changed. We are installing glass shields on the teller cages to protect the public and employees. Social Distancing will guide all interactions.


Jerry Sullivan is President of Granite Mountain Bank