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COVID-19

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

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Gianforte asks Biden to end Covid public health emergency

Gov. Greg Gianforte and a consortium of Republican governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday aski...

Updated 1 year ago
Montana hospital recruits international nurses in tight workforce

Before Mary Venus was offered a nursing job at a hospital here, she’d never heard of Billings or visited the United States. A native of the Philippines, she ...

Updated 1 year ago
Supreme Court halts vaccine rule for businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or unde...

Updated 1 year ago
Montana orders 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests for residents

The state of Montana has ordered 650,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to be distributed to residents through county health departments, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced...

Updated 1 year ago
Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, al...

Updated 1 year ago
Omicron wave threatens Montana hospital capacity

A coalition of Montana medical groups warned on Tuesday that hospitals are once again at risk of being extended beyond their caregiving capacity as the more transmissible omicron variant starts to spread across t...

Updated 1 year ago
Blackfeet repeal decision to move to Phase 2 Covid regs

The Blackfeet Reservation entered Phase 2 Covid restrictions for almost 24 hours before repealing the decision Tuesday.

Updated 1 year ago
Smith Valley School closes due to Covid-caused staff shortage

Smith Valley School canceled classes Tuesday because of a shortage of staff as a result of Covid-19.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
County to use online platform for Covid contact tracing

The Flathead City-County Health Department is shifting to an online platform to contact Covid-19 positive individuals in anticipation of rising cases due to ...

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Gianforte won't use emergency powers to combat omicron

Gov. Greg Gianforte acknowledged the high degree of transmissibility of the omicron COVID-19 variant but maintained at a press conference Tuesday at the Capi...

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Montana joins lawsuit challenging vaccine mandate for Head Start employees

Montana has joined 23 other states in asking a federal judge to permanently and temporarily stop the Biden administration vaccine and mask mandates for Head ...

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
As Covid fueled the drug crisis, Native Americans hit worst

As the pandemic ravaged the country, deaths from drug overdoses surged by nearly 30%, climbing to a record high.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Missouri court adds to ban on Biden contractor vaccine rule

A federal judge in Missouri added another legal block Monday against President Joe Biden's requirement that federal contractors receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Uneven distribution of rapid Covid tests presents challenges

Public health officials and policymakers alike see rapid antigen tests as a strong tool to keep businesses open and parents working. But a look at Montana’s distribution of the tests shows a patchwork system with...

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
Omicron sweeps across nation, detected in Montana

Omicron has raced ahead of other variants and is now the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73% of new infections last week, fed...

Updated 1 year, 1 month ago
OSHA vaccine mandate penalties to start Jan. 10

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Saturday that it would not issue citations tied to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before Jan. 10,...