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Bullock Directs $20 Million To MUS For Coronavirus Prep

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Montana is planning to send up to $20 million of federal coronavirus relief dollars to its public universities to support reopening efforts this fall.

State Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian said during a press call with Gov. Steve Bullock the university system will prioritize rapid testing, quarantining and contact tracing of symptomatic individuals.

Building community from the inside

Jul 24, 2020

“His mobile home was not livable,” said Missoula Aging Services (MAS) Resource Specialist Linda Howard, about a client she worked with in Seeley Lake. This was not a problem Howard or MAS had the resources to address directly, but she knew people who did. With the help of a local church, community service organizations and neighbors, the client was moved into a new mobile home at no cost to him.

This week the Crow Tribe Police Department announced safety checks and traffic stops through Aug. 2 to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

On July 21 the Crow Tribal Health Department told Chief of Police Terrill Bracken that 457 individuals on the Crow Reservation had been asked to self quarantine after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result or being directly exposed to someone with the virus.

Closeup of a mask on a person's face.
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Over the past month, health officers in two rural Montana counties have resigned over disagreements with county officials and residents over local coronavirus response plans.

Ravalli County Health Officer Dr. Carol Calderwood gave her resignation letter to county commissioners this weekend, over what she called “locally elected officials’ decision to disobey the Governor’s Directives without my input.”

The novel coronavirus.
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On Monday, Yellowstone County health officials announced two more deaths have been tied to an outbreak of coronavirus at a Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings. Including the weekend deaths, 12 of the facility’s residents raise the facility’s residents have died from the respiratory virus in the past two weeks.

'Up Until Two Weeks Ago, It Was Working'

Jul 17, 2020

As COVID-19 outbreaks increase nationwide, Montana's early warning system falters.

This story is republished with permission from the Montana Free Press. 

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Montana, surveillance testing designed to serve as an early warning system to prevent large outbreaks and keep businesses open is increasingly becoming ineffective, public health officials told Montana Free Press.


This week, Montana’s Republican candidate for governor unveiled what he’s billing a comeback plan for the state.

Gov. Steve Bullock (center) with Crow Nation Chairman AJ Not Afraid (R) and officials from the Indian Health Services at a community testing event in Crow Agency May 27, 2020.
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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a mandate effective immediately ordering most Montanans to wear masks while inside public spaces and at large outdoor gatherings when social distancing isn’t possible. The call to mask up comes as the state exceeded 1,000 active cases of COVID-19.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department recently detected a toxic algae bloom in a privately-owned pond in Bozeman. It’s the first one in the county this year.

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.

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