Category Archives: COVID-19

COVID-19 restrictions remain in place in Cascade County; health board meets again Jan. 20 to review restrictions; 19 more COVID-19 deaths in county

Cascade County is maintaining COVID-19 restrictions that require 10 p.m. closures and 50 percent occupancy for several types of establishments. Those restrictions were put in place in the Nov. 20 local health order and reaffirmed by the local Board of Health during their Jan. 6 meeting. Gianforte lifts closing, capacity restrictions for bars, restaurants; rules remain in effect in Cascade

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GFFR accepting applications for multiple vacancies

Great Falls Fire Rescue is down about nine firefighters due to retirements, promotions and the inability to develop a hiring pool due to COVID-19. But, GFFR, along with other fire departments that are members of the Montana Firefighting Testing Consortium, is working on testing to build a hiring pool. COVID-19 is forcing them to change up the process a bit

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CVS and Walgreens under fire for slow pace of vaccination in nursing homes

By Rachel Bluth and Lauren Weber | Kaiser Health News The effort to vaccinate some of the country’s most vulnerable residents against covid-19 has been slowed by a federal program that sends retail pharmacists into nursing homes — accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and logistical snafus. As of Thursday, more than 4.7 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna covid vaccines had been allocated to

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Lawmakers consider limiting authority of local health officials

By Chris Aadland | Montana Free Press This story originally appeared here on Montana Free Press. Wading into a public debate that has grown heated on social media, the House Local Government Committee held a hearing Thursday afternoon for House Bill 121, which would limit the authority of public health officers and health boards, and give elected bodies more power

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GFPS releases middle school sports schedule

Great Falls Public Schools posted the middle school sports schedule for the coming months, but “it is imperative that people understand that these dates are tentative and subject to change depending on Covid conditions etc. We will do our best to communicate any changes as they occur.” According to GFPS: Boys Basketball: Jan. 4 through Feb. 8, including tournament Volleyball:

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Gianforte lifts closing, capacity restrictions for bars, restaurants; rules remain in effect in Cascade County

Gov. Greg Gianforte said during a Wednesday press conference that he’s lifting the 10 p.m. closing time and capacity restrictions on bars and restaurants, among other types of establishments, effective Jan. 15. Those restrictions remain in place in Cascade County since the local Board of Health voted last week to maintain the existing Nov. 20 local health order that incorporated

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Cascade County moves into next phase of vaccination plan next week

The Cascade County City-County Health Department is working with community partners to finish Phase 1A vaccinations to healthcare workers throughout the county this week. Beginning the week of Jan. 18, the community will be able to move into Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine allocation plan. The county will begin receiving allocations regularly and individuals in Phase 1 B will be

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Cascade County will maintain Bullock’s COVID-19 restrictions

The Cascade County City-County Board of Health voted today to adopt the Nov. 20 local health order, which incorporates the board’s COVID-19 restrictions that went into effect Nov. 1 and former Gov. Steve Bullock’s directives, to include the mask mandate and requiring bars, restaurants and others to close at 10 p.m. That means that all of those restrictions will remain

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Gianforte discusses COVID-19 policies; county health board meets Jan. 6

Gov. Gianforte, who was sworn in Monday, said during a Tuesday press conference that he intends to rescind the statewide mask mandate that former Gov. Steve Bullock had implemented in July. But, he won’t rescind the mandate until the vaccine is more widely available, specifically to people over 70 and those with specific underlying health conditions, and that he has

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