Yellowstone County Commissioners have approved a centralized community-testing site at the Sandstone Building at MetraPark in anticipation of public demand for testing for the COVID-19 illnesses.
The facility is not yet open and no dates were mentioned in a Saturday press release from Unified Health Command (UHC), a coalition of area hospitals and the county health and emergency services departments.
Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare will open interim testing sites for patients on Monday, Mar. 16.
COVID Testing In Montana Limited To High Risk Groups
Updated 03/13/20, 7:30 p.m This post was updated with the info that four presumptively positive cases were confirmed in Montana Friday evening.
Montana county public health officials Friday said testing for the COVID-19 disease remains limited and there is no at-will testing for people concerned they’ve contracted the illness. Friday evening, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed four presumptively positive cases COVID-19 in the state.
Tribes, Voting Rights Groups Challenge Montana Ballot Drop Off Law
Five Native American tribes and voting rights organizations are challenging a new Montana law that limits the number of ballots a person can deliver on others’ behalf. The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to put a stop to the law before the June 2 primary.
Trump Signals Support For LWCF Funding, National Parks Maintenance
Full funding for a federal purse that supports local conservation projects seems a step closer to reality. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators Mar. 4 announced presidential support for a bill to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog for the country’s National Parks.