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Coronavirus

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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School districts across northwest Montana met with public health officials last week to begin preparing for potential impacts from the novel coronavirus. Flathead County health officials asked schools to give basic hygiene information to students and staff.

Public health officials want schools to craft plans for potential closures and remote instruction. Federal and state guidance does not suggest schools close in communities without coronavirus cases.


As more novel coronavirus cases are detected around the country, many large events like South By Southwest in Austin, Texas are being cancelled. 

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Montana’s four largest health insurance companies are voluntarily waiving customer costs for coronavirus testing.

"It’s just the right thing to do," says Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana spokesman, John Doran. "There’s a lot of scare in communities across Montana and, of course, across the nation about COVID. Obviously, the best medicine is prevention."


As organizations on the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana prepare coronavirus contingency plans, some tribal members say the threat of coronavirus is still too distant to be an immediate source of concern.

 

Yellowstone Public Radio News reports Crow tribal government is in contact with state public health officials and, like other tribes in the state, are preparing for the possibility of the coronavirus reaching their communities.

The C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls is postponing its annual art auction due to the potential infectious risk of coronavirus.

No other Western Art Week shows scheduled for Mar. 18 to 22 had announced plans to postpone as of Monday afternoon.

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Add one more item to your precautionary novel coronavirus checklist: good cybersecurity habits. Officials say more malicious cyber-attacks are surfacing to capitalize on the anxiety associated with the spreading COVID-19 illness.

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