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Mar 3, 2021

03/03/21

COVID-19 U.K. Variant Detected In Montana

The Montana state health department Wednesday confirmed three cases of the U.K. variant in Gallatin County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the U.K. variant, also called B.1.1.7, spreads more easily and quickly than other variants. Read more

Tribal College Enrollment Drops With Transition To Online Learning

Freshman enrollment at Tribal Community Colleges and Universities in Montana dropped by more than a 25 % during the Fall of 2020. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, many schools shifted to online classes, most for the first time ever. That speedy shift reduced total student enrollment at tribal colleges in Montana and nationwide. Read more

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'Now Is Not The Time To Stop Wearing A Mask,' Says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern on Wednesday about the recent climb in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, warning that pandemic fatigue and the loosening of restrictions may be setting the stage for yet another surge this spring. Read more

Children’s Hospitals Grapple With Young Covid ‘Long Haulers’

While statistics indicate that children have largely been spared from the worst effects of covid, little is known about what causes a small percentage of them to develop serious illness. Doctors are now reporting the emergence of downstream complications that mimic what’s seen in adult “long haulers.” Read more

03/02/21

Is Montana Getting Its Fair Share Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Political figures in the state have said over the last month that Montana isn’t getting its fair share of COVID-19 vaccines. 

"I still think we’re owed more vaccinations," Gov. Greg Gianforte said in a press conference this week. 

Montana Public Radio’s Aaron Bolton dug into those claims and shared his reporting with MTPR’s News Director Corin Cates-Carney. Read more

Gov. Gianforte Announces Phase 1B+ To Begin Monday

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on a Tuesday press call said, with the majority of jurisdictions halfway through the current COVID-19 vaccination phase, the state is expanding who is eligible for a shot with a special “plus” category starting Monday, March 8. Read more

Montana Lawmakers Vote On Government COVID-19 Liability Protection, Labor Bills

The Montana House Monday offered support to a bill that would limit government civil liability for COVID-19-related issues. Lawmakers also voted down two bills that would’ve impacted public unions.

House Bill 435 would protect governmental organizations and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits unless they display gross negligence in preventing the virus’ spread. Read more

Governor: Montana Expects 8700 Doses Of New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

The U.S. government Sunday started distributing nearly 4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single shot COVID-19 vaccine to states, tribes and territories. Montana is expected to receive 8,700 doses later this week.

In a Tweet Monday, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte said, “counties will begin distributing this safe, effective vaccine next week.” Read more

02/26/21

The Montana Health Department Friday confirmed 174 new COVID-19 cases, as well as four additional deaths. A total of 1,354 Montanans have died from coronavirus related illness since the pandemic began. The state’s COVID tracking website reports almost 1,897 active cases statewide.

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been trending down for Montana as a whole in recent weeks, this week averaging about 190 new cases per day.

Over 81,673 Montanans are now fully immunized after receiving both doses.

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