Category Archives: Health

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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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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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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Malmstrom airmen begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Malmstrom Air Force Base began vaccinating medical personnel for COVID-19 on Dec. 31 at the base medical clinic. A dozen medical officials were vaccinated, including Col. Mark A. Pomerinke, commander of the 341st Medical Group. Cascade County COVID-19 case rate drops significantly, local restrictions likely to remain in place  “We’re glad to begin taking this next step forward in our

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Cascade County COVID-19 case rate drops significantly, local restrictions likely to remain in place

Cascade County’s COVID-19 case rate has dropped significantly. As of Dec. 30, the average new daily case rate for the previous week dropped to 25 per 100,000, according to Trisha Gardner, county health officer. County COVID-19 rates continuing to drop; healthcare providers asking residents not to call about vaccines The previous week it was 66 per 100,000. In October, the

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County COVID-19 rates continuing to drop; healthcare providers asking residents not to call about vaccines

Local health providers are asking residents not to call with questions about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Providers in the county received the first doses of the vaccine in mid-December and Cascade County remains in Phase 1A of the vaccine distribution plan. County adds 4 more COVID-19 related deaths People who will be vaccinated in Phase 1A are health care workers

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