Category Archives: COVID-19

Great Falls High going remote due to COVID-19 cases

Updated 10 a.m. Sept. 14  Great Falls Public Schools has identified 35 positive COVID-19 cases at Great Falls High School, including students and staff. As of noon on Sept. 13, the district has identified more than 40 classrooms that will need to be disinfected and custodians have begun the process that will continue into the evening, according to a GFPS

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Montana Nurses Association slams state rule on school mask mandates

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press The Montana Nurses Association expressed serious concern Sept. 8 over the legality and scientific accuracy of an Aug. 31 emergency rule issued by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The rule told public schools they “should consider” parental concerns when imposing face mask mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

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Cascade County COVID numbers still high

Cascade County added 351 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, bringing the cumulative total to 11,470, of which 970 are currently active, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. The county’s case rate for the last week is 61.6 per 100,000 and the positivity rate is 12.5 percent, according to CCHD. That’s down from last week’s

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Malmstrom raises health level, implements mask rule due to COVID-19 case increase

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials have raised their health protection condition from Alpha to Bravo and implemented a mask mandate for all personnel, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors, effective Sept. 7. The base made the change based on the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide and in Cascade County, On Sept. 7, the county added 116 new cases, according to

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Local COVID working group meeting to coordinate efforts for ongoing pandemic response

The local COVID working group met for the first time this week. The group came out of the discussion at the COVID after-action reaction meeting in mid-August. City returning to online meetings due to COVID-19 The group includes Cascade City-County Health Department, Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services, Great Falls Fire Rescue, Great Falls Emergency Services, Benefis Health System, Great

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City returning to online meetings due to COVID-19

City Commissioners are moving their meetings to Zoom due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The links to the Zoom meetings are listed on the top of each agenda posted on the city website. City Commission members, city staff and presenters will attend the meetings virtually beginning Sept. 7 and remain in this format until further notice. In-person participation will

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County case rate rising, 454 new cases over last week

The county has added 454 COVID-19 cases over the last week, including 141 new cases on Sept. 1, according to the state dashboard, putting the county’s cumulative total at 11,125. The county currently has 927 active cases, Trisha Gardner, county health officer, told the Board of Health during their regular Sept. 1 meeting. Of the new cases this week, 74

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DPHHS issues emergency rules on masks in public schools

Gov. Greg Gianforte said Aug. 31 that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued an emergency rules regarding masks in school. “Montana students deserve to be back in their classroom in as normal and safe an environment as possible. Montana parents deserve to know their voices are heard in schools when health-related mandates for their children are

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Malmstrom administering mandatory COVID vaccine, county adds 189 cases since Friday, Jail has more cases

Over the weekend, officials at Malmstrom Air Force Base began administering the Pfizer vaccine to personnel, following the new Defense Department guidance mandating the FDA-approved vaccine. The Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin issued the mandate on Aug 24, following the FDA’s formal licensure of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23, according to a Malmstrom release. County COVID cases, positivity

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