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COVID-19

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

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago

Judge: Montana can't enforce ban on mandating vaccines

Montana cannot enforce a state law that prevents most health care facilities from mandating vaccines while an in...

Updated 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 2 weeks 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 5 months, 3 weeks 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months, 1 week 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 6 months, 1 week 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 6 months, 1 week 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,...

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
Health worker vaccine mandate remains blocked in half the states

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday lifted a nationwide ban against President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for health care workers, instead blocking th...

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Fine levied in fight over mask after Knudsen intervened

A Montana man accused of threatening a restaurant manager with a handgun when he was asked to wear a face covering during the height of the pandemic was fined $100 on a misdemeanor charge, after state Attorney Ge...

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Montana senators vote to block vaccine rule for private businesses

Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester crossed party lines Wednesday to support a resolution that blocks a federal rule requiring vaccines or weekly testing for worker...