Coronavirus

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Bozeman Health said Thursday it was operating in “contingency care,” when care is adapted to meet greater needs, amid high numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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Gallatin County is seeing as many COVID-19 hospitalization as the surge in November and Montana broke a record on Wednesday for the most people hospitalized since the pandemic started.

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Bozeman Health is preparing to administer third booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for eligible people, which include older people, adults with underlying health conditions and some frontline workers.

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Three more Gallatin County residents have died due to complications from COVID-19, increasing the death toll in the county to 72, the county announced Thursday.

Montana is preparing for potential legal action in the wake of President Joe Biden’s announcement for vaccine mandates for millions of workers in the country

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Bozeman School Board members this week discussed a possible mask policy that would be tied to community and district transmission, with many members seeming to support a policy that would likely see the school year start with a universal mask requirement if COVID-19 transmission remains high.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Gallatin County, mirroring a nationwide surge as the highly contagious delta variant steamrolls across the country.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department now recommends that people, vaccinated or unvaccinated, wear masks indoors in public spaces, but businesses can decide whether to follow the recommendation.

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A slew of new signs popping up outside Bozeman businesses signal the varied responses to the sudden change in federal COVID-19 guidance announced last week that fully vaccinated people could safely be without a face covering in most settings.