Saturday, September 19, 2020


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

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago

Battered by the virus, tribes race to boost census count

When Lauri Dawn Kindness was growing up, her hometown on the Crow Indian Reservation had an arcade, movie theate...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

Six thousand U.S. parents and kids are doing DIY nasal swabs twice a week to answer some of the most vexing mysteries about the coronavirus

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
Flathead County sees more than 300 total cases

Montana’s COVID-19 Task Force reported more than two dozen new cases in Flathead County Thursday morning, pushing the county’s cumulative case count past 300 as the area, along with much of the state, continues t...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
State says Montana rental assistance program largely unused

Montana set aside $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding to help people make their rent or mortgage payments during the economic upheaval caused b...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kalispell VA Clinic employee tests positive for COVID

An employee with the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Kalispell recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation, according to clinic officials.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Flathead exceeds 200 total COVID cases

Flathead County crossed the 200 cumulative case mark on Tuesday after the state’s COVID-19 Task Force announced 94 new cases statewide.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Businesses say most customers abiding by mask mandate

Aside from a few hiccups, local businesses seem to be adjusting smoothly to Gov. Steve Bullock’s mandate requiring face coverings in public places throughout the state.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Online tool now displays local hospitalizations

The Flathead City-County Health Department’s online COVID-19 dashboard that displays information on cases in Flathead County recently was updated to include new data features, including local hospitalization numb...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Another virus death tied to Montana care facility outbreak

Montana is confirming 97 more cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths, including a 14th death related to an outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Local COVID cases linked to bars, restaurants

Recent investigations show many of Flathead County’s newest cases of COVID-19 are associated with individuals who work in service industries such as bars and restaurants, according to a Wednesday press release fr...

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Montana able to expand surveillance testing for COVID

Montana will be able to expand its surveillance testing for COVID-19 a week after Gov. Steve Bullock said such testing would have to be put on hold because of a backlog at the lab the state was using

Updated 1 month, 4 weeks ago
State adjusts COVID testing priorities to tackle wait times

In an effort to combat growing wait times for COVID-19 test results, the state of Montana recently made adjustments to who will receive priority testing at t...

Updated 2 months ago
2 more COVID deaths tied to Montana care facility outbreak

Two more deaths have been tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Montana care facility

Updated 2 months ago
Law enforcement officials weigh in on mask mandate

The jail roster listing inmates in the Flathead County Detention Center typically includes people accused or convicted of murder, drug offenses, driving unde...

Updated 2 months ago
Montana reports two more deaths due to COVID-19

Montana reported a ninth death tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a nursing home in Billings

Updated 2 months ago
Bullock directive mandates face coverings

Face coverings will be required in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in Montana following a directive issued Wednesday by Mo...