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COVID-19

The Yellowstone County health department is on-boarding school staff to track down the close contacts of people who test positive for COVID-19.

RiverStone Health says this week it trained roughly 100 staff members at several schools to assist with contact tracing efforts.

Positive cases of COVID-19 statewide have spiked since schools reopened in August, and RiverStone Health currently rates its case investigation capacity as red on a stoplight scale.

Dr. Michael Horowitz is the founding president of TCS Education System.
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Montana Coronavirus And COVID-19 News

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The novel coronavirus.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Update 09/27/20

The coronavirus pandemic in Montana continued to grow as the state recorded a record number of cases Saturday, surpassing the high marks reached two days earlier.

The state health department recorded 346 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday morning, an increase from 323 cases Friday and 333 cases Thursday. On Sunday the state reported 200 new cases.

Campaign Beat: Health Care, Supreme Court Fights, Dinosaurs And The Munchies

Sep 25, 2020

Montana's House candidates have their first debate. Ads in that race try to paint the other as the "outsider." The battle to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's court seat could impact Montana's Senate race. Health care and science dominate the race for governor. And marijuana returns to the ballot.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Gov. Steve Bullock's July 15 directive mandated masks in some Montana counties. The directive will end with the governor's declared state of emergency.
Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Updated 09/25/20

While the state has seen a recent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gov. Steve Bullock's phased reopening plan is still on schedule. Phase 2 began June 1, and several additional state and local directives have been issued to address developing situation.

Here is a basic guide of what's open, closed or restricted in Montana as of September 25, 2020.

A Fair to Remember: County Fairs Weigh Risk of Outbreak Against Financial Ruin

Sep 25, 2020

Laura Stutzman had no doubts that this year’s Twin Falls County Fair should go on despite the pandemic still raging across the U.S. — and several outbreaks tied to such community fairs.

COVID-19 Cases In Montana Schools Double

Sep 25, 2020

Twice as many schools in Montana are reporting more than twice as many cases of the novel coronavirus among students and stuff over the week prior.

In a weekly report released Wednesday, the state health department announced 62 more schools reported coronavirus cases than the previous week, for a total of 121 schools kindergarten through university statewide.

Jewish people in Montana and around the world will be celebrating Yom Kippur this Sept. 27 and 28. Two Montanans shared what it means to celebrate one of the most sacred days of the year in Judaism, virtually.

Randi Levin lives near Helena but has been a member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman for the last decade. Normally, Levin makes the 100 mile drive south for the High Holy Days.

Candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House of Representatives seat met in a debate Wednesday night hosted by MontanaPBS. MTPR’s Shaylee Ragar reports that in their first match up this election cycle, Matt Rosendale and Kathleen Williams traded barbed words as they pitched themselves as the best person for the job.

Community leaders reviewed COVID-19’s disproportionate impact to Indigenous people across Montana during a virtual roundtable on Sept. 23. They also considered ways to improve health outcomes among tribal members.

Democratic state Rep. Sharon Stewart Peregoy of Crow Agency lamented the rise of COVID-19 cases in tribal communities after Montana began reopening in June, during the panel discussion hosted by Protect our Care Montana

“It’s a tsunami impact upon our people across the nation,” Peregoy said.

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