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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.

Find the latest coronavirus news here: Montana Coronavirus And COVID-19 News

The four people in Montana diagnosed with the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus appear to have contracted it while outside of the state, according to state officials.

Gov. Steve Bullock held a press conference Saturday afternoon after announcing the first cases of the COVID-19 illness in Montana the night before. He also announced amendments to the state’s emergency declaration, extended lab testing and previewed new policies for state employees working under the COVID-19 threat.

Montana COVID-19 Cases by County, 03-13-20
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03/14/20 6:15 p.m.

The COVID-19 situation in Montana is changing quickly. Find the latest information here: Montana Coronavirus And COVID-19 News

CDC School closure decision tree.
Centers For Disease Control

Public K-12 schools across Montana sent out letters detailing their preparation for the coronavirus Friday following Gov. Steve Bullock’s state of emergency declaration Thursday.

Officials are telling schools to create a plan for potential closures and remote learning. After this story published, Gov. Bullock announced that four cases of the novel coronavirus have tested presumptively positive in Montana.

Coronavirus blood test
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Updated 03/13/20, 7:30 p.m
This post was updated with the info that four presumptively positive cases were confirmed in Montana Friday evening.

Montana county public health officials Friday said testing for the COVID-19 disease remains limited and there is no at-will testing for people concerned they’ve contracted the illness. Friday evening, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed four presumptively positive cases COVID-19 in the state.

The Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls has declared a public health emergency. Base officials say the base does not have any confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness.

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The St. Patrick's Day parade in Butte has been canceled because of concerns about the new coronavirus, based on the advice of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department. However, Montana's high school basketball tournaments will still be held this weekend as scheduled.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
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The Montana University System is moving from in-class instruction to online instruction in every class where it's possible, due to coronavirus concerns. The change takes effect March 23, as students return from spring break. The campuses, including residence halls and computer labs, will remain open for students. Employees will continue to report to work.

Gov. Steve Bullock annonces his Coronavirus Task Force on March 3, 2020 in response to the growing number of cases reported in the United States. Bullock says the task force is a multi-agency group that will coordinate public health response.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Thursday afternoon signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus. While there are still no positive cases in the state, the governor says the order is necessary to prepare.

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There are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness in Montana. However, a Montana resident from Lake County visiting Maryland has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Public health officials say the patient did not have the virus while in Montana.

 

Montana State University announced Mar. 11 that it will cancel the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research that had been planned for Mar. 26-28 on campus in Bozeman. 

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