Montana Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

Reporter

Rachel Cramer is a reporter for Yellowstone Public Radio

 

Montana health officials announced 80 new cases of the COVID-19 illness July 7, including over 50 cases in Yellowstone County, the majority of which are connected to an assisted living facility in Billings. The new cases break the state’s record for single day total cases reported.

Yellowstone County reported it’s highest single-day tally of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases July 7 with a total of 55.

Montana officials announced 67 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, breaking the state’s record for the most new cases in a single day. Health officials worry large gatherings for the Fourth of July could accelerate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While Montana maintains one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., Governor Steve Bullock said on a press call Thursday that he's concerned. Montana crossed the 1,000 total case mark this week.

Millions of people in the U.S. were infected by the novel coronavirus in March even though they were not diagnosed with COVID-19. That’s according to a new publication co authored by a researcher at Montana State University.

A bison in Yellowstone National Park gored a 72-year-old woman Thursday evening.

The Big Horn County Health Department announced June 26 residents are required to wear face coverings or masks outside their homes. 

A recent Montana legislative report says tax revenue from oil and natural gas production is expected to drop more than 28 percent this fiscal year, which will impact state and county budgets.

A fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern and central parts of the U.S. is now spreading across the West. Biologists recently detected it for the first time in Montana. Local scientists are collecting data inside caves, below bridges and under the night sky.

A hiker received minor injuries from a grizzly bear Monday in Yellowstone National Park.

Eleven bull bison quarantined in a federal facility near Yellowstone National Park were transferred to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation on June 24. There, they’ll complete the final phase of a program to make sure they are disease free before being sent out to start or boost herds across the U.S.

 

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is proposing to make temporary shooting bans in two small areas north of Yellowstone National Park permanent.

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