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The novel coronavirus.
Centers For Disease Control

Find the latest news about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Montana here.

You can find more Montana-related coronavirus information from the state health department, as well as updates from the CDC and tips for preventing and dealing with COVID-19.

A snapshot of homelessness in the U.S. for 01/31/2019.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock extended the state’s stay-at-home directive for today until April 24. But that’s no easy ask for people with nowhere to isolate. Nick Mott reports on what the pandemic means for people experiencing homelessness in Montana.

Montana Sub-basin Snow-Water Equivalent Percentage of 1981-2010 Normal, April 1, 2020.

Montana is edging closer to the spring runoff season. Scientists now have a better idea of what our mountain snowpack will yield this spring and summer.

North Higgins Ave. in Missoula was mostly empty on the morning of April 3. Gov. Bullock's stay-at-home directive says, with some exceptions, that all individuals currently living within the State of Montana are directed to stay at home or at their place o
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock is extending Montana’s stay-at-home order for at least another two weeks, until April 24.

Bullock announced the move to continue the state’s largest social distancing orders in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Find out what's closed, what restrictions are in place and what's exempt from the coronavirus closures in Montana.

Updated 04/07/20

Gov. Steve Bullock has extended the previous stay-at-home order and closures of schools and some businesses. The orders, in effect through April 24,  prohibit non-essential gatherings of 10 or more people outside of homes if social distancing can’t take place.

Find out what's open, what's closed and what travel restrictions are in place in Montana:

Find answers to some of the questions you've asked us about coronavirus in Montana. Have more questions? Ask them here and we'll do our best to answer them. This post will be updated.

You can always find the latest Montana coronavirus and COVID-19 news here.

A girl with headphones on writing notes while looking at a computer.

Montana schools are asking Gov. Steve Bullock to waive requirements under a new state cyber security law aimed at protecting student information as teachers scramble to move classes online.

School districts say they need more flexibility to move classes online amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and that they’re currently limited by the 2019 Montana Pupil Online Personal Information Protection Act.

Calls to the state child abuse and neglect hotline have dropped by about half since schools closed their doors in mid-March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said the hotline received a little over half of the roughly 760 weekly calls it normally received before schools were ordered on March 15 to close their doors.

A coronavirus testing swab in a test tube.

Missoula health officials have announced a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic. It’s one of several recent steps by counties in the state to set up new testing abilities to identify the novel coronavirus. But the new Missoula site isn’t open to just anyone who wants a test.

Rental scams in Montana and across the U.S. have been on the rise for years, but COVID-19’s slow-down of in-person property viewings and interactions with landlords may make it even harder for people to figure out what’s legitimate online.