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

Blackfeet Nation removes its mask mandate

The Blackfeet Nation dropped its mask mandate for the reservation Tuesday.

The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council along with the reservation’s incident commander announced that masking on the reservation will be optional and that tribal offices will reopen to the public.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Glacier County, which encompasses the Blackfeet reservation, is experiencing medium transmission levels. At that level, the CDC says most people don’t need to wear masks indoors but people who are vulnerable or immunocompromised should talk to their health care providers about it.

On Tuesday there were five cases of COVID-19 on the reservation, according to tribal health officials. The coronavirus has killed a little over 60 people on the reservation.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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