Not April 1st: Valley County Public Health, Montana, orders all out of county residents to wear pink arm bands

Many people wonder why there are protests against lockdown/house arrests without stopping to ask: perhaps its because of the incoherent, inconsistent public messaging. It is not the public’s fault they are confused – and angry.

The Valley County Health Department, Montana, ordered all non-residents to wear pink arm bands when in public. When challenged on that, they then publicly lied about it.

These public health officials acted as authoritarian tyrants, and as you will see below, after backing off, they lied about. Why is it even a question as to why there are protests against lock downs and house arrest?

Screen snap shot of the original flyer, cross posted from here.

Valley County Health Department posted the following on their Facebook page. And lied about it. Read the wording above and then compare to their false claim that “seemingly indicated such wrist bands are required for out of county individuals” and they did not require businesses to call law enforcement. The plain language of the poster was clear – not “seemingly indicated”. Public health officials again caught lying.

Public health officials have zero credibility. Why do they keep doing this? These actions are not serving anyone.

Press Release from the Valley County CommissionersThe Valley County Commissioners would like to apologize, and issue…

Posted by Valley County Health Department on Monday, April 20, 2020

Press Release from the Valley County Commissioners

The Valley County Commissioners would like to apologize, and issue clarification, regarding the current health orders and obligations that apply to visitors from outside Valley County.

In response to significant public concern regarding out of county contractors who are present in our communities for essential work purposes, one of the companies partnered with the County Health Officer to wear pink wrist bands following their 14- day quarantine. This was implemented to help alleviate community concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19. These bands are not government issued and are not a part of any of the current health orders in place. Rather, they are a good faith effort by these contractors to try to put the community at ease.

In a break-down of our internal processes, a flier went out to local business owners seemingly indicating such wrist bands are required for out of county individuals, and that local business owners were obligated to report violations of the health orders. That is not the intent of Valley County, and that flier has been rescinded.

We apologize, again, for any confusion this has caused. We are addressing our internal processes and want to thank all community members for continuing to work with us during this unprecedented time.

Paul Tweten

John Fahlgren

Mary Armstrong

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