Saturday, July 31, 2021


The latest news on COVID-19 and how it affects Northwest Montana.

Updated 5 days, 2 hours ago

VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday became the first major federal agency to require health care worker...

Updated 5 days, 23 hours ago
Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opti...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Flathead COVID cases, hospitalizations surge amid low vaccine rate

Flathead County has become Montana’s COVID-19 hot spot in recent weeks, with the area now reporting roughly 30% of the state’s active caseload.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Sanford Health makes COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory

A dominant health system in the Dakotas that bills itself as one of the largest health organizations in the country said Thursday it is making COVID-19 vacci...

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Big Idaho health care providers mandate staff COVID vaccines

Three of Idaho's largest medical care providers announced Thursday that they would require COVID-19 vaccines for eligible employees.

Updated 1 month ago
Montana governor lifts state of emergency for coronavirus

Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday announced he is lifting Montana's state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, more than 15 months after it was imposed ...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Big gaps in vaccine rates across the U.S.

A steady crowd of people flowed into the New England Patriots' stadium for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week in Massachusetts, which is nea...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Wildland firefighting force urged to get vaccinated

With a potentially ferocious wildfire season threatening to ignite across the western U.S., a push is on to persuade wildland firefighters to get vaccinated ...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Virus strains from India, Brazil reach Montana

The coronavirus variants linked to deadly waves of infection in India and Brazil have been spotted in several Montana counties, but the message from Flathead...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
CDC: Vaccinated can largely ditch masks

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease ...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Vaccination rates slowing in Flathead County

The covid vaccination operation at the Flathead County fairgrounds can dole out 1,000 doses in seven hours. But demand has plummeted recently, down to fewer ...

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Montana to share vaccines with truck drivers from Alberta

HELENA (AP) — Montana will share COVID-19 vaccines with Canadian truck drivers from neighboring Alberta, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and Alberta Premier Jaso...

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Blackfeet gifts vaccines to neighbors across the border

BABB (AP) — On a cloudy spring day, hundreds lined up in their cars on the Canadian side of the border crossing that separates Alberta and Montana. They had ...

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Montana ends unemployment pay boost amid worker shortage

HELENA (AP) — Montana is ending its participation in the federal unemployment program that gives people extra weekly unemployment benefit payments as the sta...

Updated 3 months ago
Gianforte proposes amendments for worker vaccine bill

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has proposed amendments to a bill that seeks to prevent discrimination based on vaccine status that appear to try t...