Coronavirus

A group focused on racial equity in Bozeman is urging schools to close for in-person learning, as COVID-19 cases rise and heavily impact Indigenous and Black families.

Just 15 days ahead of the election, Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney laid out his ideas on how he’d handle the COVID-19 pandemic if elected governor. Details were few, but it became one of only a handful of plans being offered by candidates in the 11 U.S. governor’s races about how they’ll appro…

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A Gallatin County woman in her 90s has died from complications related to the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to six.

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Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that Montana’s economy is recovering from the pandemic-induced recession, but he warned that the economy could decline again if Montanans don’t take the virus more seriously.

Fork & Spoon, the Human Resources Development Council’s nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant, has seen a big drop in donations since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, according to a news release from HRDC.

Belgrade will soon begin testing its wastewater for the virus that causes COVID-19, an expansion of efforts at Montana State University and the Gallatin City-County Health Department.

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Gov. Steve Bullock applauded some counties on Tuesday for implementing additional restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Montana and said he would make state resources and federal coronavirus relief dollars available to local officials to help them better enforce existing heal…

On the same day in late March that Gov. Steve Bullock issued a statewide stay-at-home order, he noted a sad statistic: Montana’s first death from COVID-19. In just two weeks, Montana had gone from its first four cases to 90 — a rate deemed so serious as to justify extreme measures.

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Gallatin County has seen an increase in families deciding to home-school their children amid safety concerns over the coronavirus or frustrations with a mix of in-person and remote learning.

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Gallatin County health officials warned two businesses last week for not enforcing a face-covering mandate and not having required signs for face coverings. One business reportedly had a sign that read “This is America, no masks required.”

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Gallatin County’s health officer said Friday that the county is in the “third surge” of the coronavirus pandemic, and that over the past week there have been 66 new cases associated with Montana State University.

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Parents remain split over the best course for the Bozeman schools following the school board’s vote early Tuesday morning, with many stressing the importance of establishing guidelines for a move to five days of in-person learning.

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Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that he does not plan to implement additional public health restrictions in response to a recent spike in coronavirus cases but urged Montanans to continue to wear masks and to practice social distancing.

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Ahead of next week’s Bozeman School Board vote on a move to five days of in-person learning, district administrators caution a transition could take longer than anticipated while some parents worry over a lack of clear communication with a sudden change after only two weeks back.

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About 60 schools in Montana have had at least one case of COVID-19 in a student or staff member since school started, Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday.

When Joan Van Duynhoven read the Boulder Monitor’s story about her termination as public health officer for Jefferson County, the county’s explanation — Van Duynhoven’s failure to approve the Northern Rodeo Association rodeo and a “misleading” statement about canceling non-conference high sc…

Like any typical post-summer return to school, there were bulletin boards to set up and curricula to prepare. But in the pandemic era, teachers are also designing classes with an eye towards social distancing and an emphasis on adaptable and engaging online learning.