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Care Home Refused Free Tests. Now, Nearly Everyone Has Virus

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On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.
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It was meant to be a last line of defense to protect the most vulnerable as the coronavirus spread across the United States: Montana officials offered free testing in May for staff and residents at assisted living and long-term care facilities.

But not all of them followed through, according to state data, including a facility in Billings that cares for people with dementia and other memory problems.

The virus has infected almost every resident there and killed eight, accounting for almost a quarter of Montana's 34 confirmed deaths. Thirty-six employees also have tested positive.


Six more residents of a corrections facility in Billings have tested positive for COVID-19 amid a steep rise in cases in the county where it’s located.

Residents of a corrections facility in Billings remain quarantined amid two recently-discovered COVID-19 cases. Multiple residents say they're concerned the virus could spread further within the building following what they call insufficient care for their safety.

Railroad crossing.
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The Billings Police Department received a grant Tuesday up to $50,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration to support reducing railroad trespassing deaths.

The Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant was also awarded to cities in six other states that have so-called trespass hot spots. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, these are geographic areas where law enforcement agencies have seen a high amount of railroad trespassing.

 

Two residents of a corrections facility in Billings have tested positive for COVID-19.

The 35th-annual Big Sky State Games are still on, but they are going to look a little different this year. Registration is down 40%, and some sporting events are being cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.

 


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.

Montana Infections Set Record As Outbreak Hits Nursing Home

Jul 7, 2020
On June 24, assisted living businesses and workers asked the Montana Legislature to increase payments for day-to-day services for seniors and people with disabilities.
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A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine. This comes as the state reported on Tuesday its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began.


  As COVID-19 cases continue to rise health officials urge people to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. One of the simplest ways to keep yourself and others safe is washing your hands with soap and water.

St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
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On Monday, Montana reported a total of 919 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 56 new cases since Sunday. That’s the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic started in March.

This spike has prompted some hospitals to tighten visitor guidelines.

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