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In recent months, Gallatin Health Officer Matt Kelley has shared data with the public that indicate the number of new coronavirus cases is declining, but he has also warned that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths could begin climbing again, particularly if new variants of the virus …

Gallatin County will expand its vaccination efforts next week by offering doses to adults over 70, Native Americans, other people of color and those ages 16 to 69 with certain underlying health conditions — a category known as Group 1B.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department reported two more deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the countywide total since the pandemic began to 45.

Montana State University plans to extend its asymptomatic testing of students living on campus and is encouraging students to get tested on a weekly basis.

Despite an order from the state’s attorney general to dismiss a case, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health joined the county’s health officer in continuing its lawsuit against the Rocking R Bar for violating a 10 p.m. closing time ordered by the board to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Gallatin City-County Health Board will meet Wednesday at 7 a.m. to decide whether to extend local health rules aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus and that are generally stricter than those included in the statewide directive Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte unveiled last week.

Efforts to administer COVID-19 vaccines in rural southwest Montana is underway, as county health departments coordinate with local providers and pharmacies to reach far-flung and sometimes isolated residents.

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As Montana State University students returned to classes this week, novel coronavirus cases are remaining at a significant level in Gallatin County.

Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley stood by the county’s health rules meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus on Friday, a day after Montana’s attorney general ordered the county attorney to dismiss a suit against Rocking R Bar for violating one of the rules.

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Local public health officials have raised concerns about recent revisions to the state’s vaccine distribution plan, which prioritizes people over 70 and those between ages 16 and 69 with specific underlying health conditions over some essential workers and those living in group settings.