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Find the latest news about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Montana here. This post will be updated daily, with newer information at the top.

Montana's COVID-19 restrictions

You can also find more Montana-related coronavirus information from the state health department, as well as updates from the CDC and tips for preventing and dealing with COVID-19.

The St. Mary entrance to Glacier National Park, which borders the Blackfeet Nation, remained closed during the summer of 2020 as Blackfeet officials implemented strict measures in an effort to keep COVID-19 off the reservation.
Aaron Bolton / MTPR

The Blackfeet Indian Reservation is opening up for the tourism season as droves of visitors head to Glacier National Park. The reservation was closed to tourists for more than a year, and that’s a big deal because many residents rely on tourist spending. Local residents are more than ready to start greeting visitors again. 

A staffer at a Flathead County vaccine clinic fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

Flathead County health officials say they will shut down a mass COVID-19 vaccination site at the county fairgrounds next week, but vaccines will still be available.

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday that a third round of federal stimulus payouts will be distributed to Montana cities and towns.

Montana education officials surveyed students and teachers this spring about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings aren’t representative of Montana’s student and teacher populations, but state school officials say they provide insight into the last school year.

A PCR testing machine at the University of Montana Genomics Core lab in Missoula, Montana.
Aaron Bolton

As health officials continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccines, making sure those vaccines remain effective against new variants of the virus is an important part of controlling the pandemic. Montana’s state health department and universities are working to stay on top of the virus evolution.

A special state legislative commission Thursday approved an estimated $75 million in federal coronavirus aid for public health spending in Montana.

The health advisory commission, made up of state lawmakers and governor’s office officials, approved more than $13 million to support local vaccination efforts and stand up a media campaign to challenge anti-vaccine messaging.

State health department Director Adam Meier spoke to the commission during its meeting to decide how to spend money from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Yellowstone County Sees Hospitalization Uptick

Jun 7, 2021

Yellowstone County health officials say COVID-19 related hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks.

A spokesperson with the Yellowstone County Public Health department says cases rose in April and May after hospitals saw 10 or fewer daily hospitalizations for most of March. The spokesperson says 21 people were actively hospitalized in Billings Thursday.

Billings Clinic infectious disease specialist Dr. Neil Ku sees a younger population of unvaccinated patients among those hospitalized.

Paycheck protection program loan for small business forgiveness application.

The federal program to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic ended last week. The Paycheck Protection Program stopped accepting applications Friday when its funding dried up. 

Little-Known Illnesses Turning Up In Covid Long-Haulers

Jun 1, 2021
Health care worker holding a clipboard.

The day Dr. Elizabeth Dawson was diagnosed with covid-19 in October, she awoke feeling as if she had a bad hangover. Four months later she tested negative for the virus, but her symptoms have only worsen.

Montana’s count of active COVID-19 cases has been holding steady, with fewer than 1,000 active cases statewide. According to state data, about 40% of eligible Montanans have been fully vaccinated against the virus.