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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.

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State and local health officials in Montana are following a recommended pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The change is causing some logistical issues.

Moderna COVID vaccine in a small bottle

Cascade County health officials are winding down their mass COVID-19 vaccination events. The county is shifting to a more targeted vaccination strategy with hopes of getting more doses in the arms of young people in order to reach herd immunity.

Montana Sticks to Its Patchwork Covid Vaccine Rollout as Eligibility Expands

Apr 8, 2021

MISSOULA, Mont. — Montana’s covid-19 vaccine distribution is among the most efficient in the nation, but closer examination reveals a patchwork of systems among counties and tribal governments that will be put to the test as the state opens vaccine eligibility to all people 16 and older starting this month.

KHN, Montana Free Press and the University of Montana School of Journalism surveyed all 56 counties and eight tribal governments to find out how vaccine distribution has worked over the past four months and what residents might expect when the floodgates open.

A syringe in a COVID-19 vaccine bottle.

COVID-19 cases continued to fall last month in Yellowstone County. County health officials say the numbers are trending in the right direction as vaccines become more available.

According to health officials, nearly 470 Yellowstone County residents tested positive for COVID-19 in March. That’s a 38-percent decline from February and about a third of the cases identified in January.

Montana’s Sens. Steve Dianes and Jon Tester join new U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough for a roundtable discussion at Fort Harrison, April 7, 2021.
Shaylee Ragar / Montana Public Radio

The Biden Administration's new secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs joined Montana’s congressional delegates for a visit to Fort Harrison in Helena Wednesday. The officials are urging veterans to get vaccinated for COVID-19. 

A woman receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Bozeman fairgrounds, January 6, 2021.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Montana universities are offering students and staff the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the spring semester. The clinics aim to inoculate those who may not be on campus long enough for a two-dose vaccine.

Gov. Greg Gianforte
Courtesy Gianforte campaign

Updated 04/06/21

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has tested positive For COVID-19.

The governor’s office said in a statement Monday evening that Gianforte tested positive after experiencing mild symptoms on Sunday. He is now isolating for 10 days and his office staff are being tested.

A gloved hand swabs a person's arm, prepping it for a shot.

More than 1,700 COVID vaccine appointments in Yellowstone County remain open this week. County health officials say the demand for COVID-19 vaccines is falling.

As of April 1, all Montana residents ages 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Find more information about the vaccine, including where and how to get yours. Updated April 01, 2021.

Moderna COVID vaccine in a small bottle

All Montanans age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 1 as the state steps into Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan.

Gov. Greg Gianforte says he plans to receive his first dose tomorrow Thursday in Lewis and Clark County.