Coronavirus

A group of Bozeman residents this week launched Montana’s first virtual tip jar for workers across the state in all service industries to receive tips directly from the public.

Inside the mostly empty airport, the voice on the loudspeaker broke the silence. Sparse flights and sparse people meant closed shops. And when travelers left the concourse after arriving Friday, they met members of the National Guard.

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Graduation ceremonies have been canceled this spring throughout the Montana University System to keep students, families and university employees safe from the coronavirus pandemic, but alternative celebrations are in the works.

Gov. Steve Bullock this week announced directives for Montana child care providers, classifying those providers as essential workers, placing stricter safety requirements on child care centers and prioritizing care for the children of other workers deemed essential by the state.

The small community in northern Montana has a population of about 4,800 but accounts for three-fifths of the state's five total deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus

"To prioritize the health and safety of our hometown, fans, musicians, volunteers and staff, we are pushing pause on the 2020 festival and will look forward to putting on our best festival ever in 2021."

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Amber Berglund moved to Bozeman so she and her four children could be closer to her family. She spent six months working as a property manager and living in company-provided housing. When she was dismissed without explanation, she had three days to pack up and find a new home.

Amid a stay-at-home order meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, our furry friends are starting to notice we’re spending more time cuddling with them at home.

Following a surge in calls to a state-funded phone line by people in crisis and needing emotional support, the state Department of Public Health and Human Services said it's expanding mental health services.

Montana officials say they’re trying to gather more than a day’s worth of supplies to run novel coronavirus tests. In the meantime, the state lab processing hundreds of tests a day could be close to reaching its maximum load, meaning some tests would be prioritized over others.

The city of Bozeman will close all public playgrounds beginning on April 2 to stop the community spread of COVID-19 in Bozeman.

By Tuesday morning, four Montanans had died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. At least 184 had fallen ill and 14 people around the state are hospitalized, according to information from the state.

Gov. Steve Bullock told the president that Montana is "literally … one day away" of being unable to do testing in Montana if it can't get kits from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bozeman elementary students will start school 15 minutes earlier next year as the schools adopt a new schedule intended to give teachers bigger blocks of time for teaching kids and collaborating with each other.

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is requiring travelers arriving in the state to self-quarantine as Montana’s novel coronavirus caseload increased to at least 177 people infected by the disease and more county health officials report the virus is starting to spread locally.

In a public health crisis, we expect our leaders are making decisions based on expert recommendations and scientific evidence. The Montana Nurses Association (MNA), as the organization for professional registered nurses in Montana, supports and will promote the shelter in place directive iss…