NBC News: Gianforte tests positive for COVID-19

NBC News: Gianforte tests positive for COVID-19. ” The governor’s office announced Monday evening that Gov. Greg Gianforte tested positive for COVID-19. Gianforte had just received his first vaccine dose last week. A spokesperson for the governor says they do not know how he contracted it, and added that he has held no public events since Thursday evening.”

KPAX: New statewide website highlights earn-while-you-learn opportunities for young adults

KPAX: New statewide website highlights earn-while-you-learn opportunities for young adults. “Too often, we see young adults leaving the great state of Montana to work somewhere else in the region or the country, and when that happens, Montana’s workforce suffers. Through a collaborative effort between the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Department of Labor, Montana’s workforce is gaining some traction through a new website.”

Billings Gazette: Historian brings Montana single mom homesteader’s history to life

Billings Gazette: Historian brings Montana single mom homesteader’s history to life. “Lily Bell Stearns was no one important when she arrived by train in Montana in 1912. Stearns was a recent divorcee with three children, including one daughter left behind in a mental institution. Yet she now has her own online museum exhibit. Thanks to Sara Gregg, a University of Kansas associate professor of history and environmental studies, Stearns’ Eastern Montana homesteading story has been excavated like the bones of an unknown dinosaur. By poring over old documents, census records and letters, Gregg has unearthed the sad tale of a single woman struggling to survive in a wild, unforgiving land.”

KULR: Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information

KULR: Blackfeet woman creates international travel website and app to share history, resources, information. “A Blackfeet woman has started a non-profit organization to gather and share information, resources, and history of the tribe with travelers across Montana and Canada. The project promotes interaction and contribution from the public. Souta Calling Last collects centuries worth of information through storytelling, factual data, and social trends to help tribal members and tourists better understand the area where they live or explore.”

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why

ABC News: Which states have dropped mask mandates and why. “Five states — Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota — have ended, or soon will end, statewide mask mandates, despite the looming threat of COVID-19 and highly transmissible variants. They’re joining 11 other states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee — that never required face coverings statewide.”

Sidney Herald: Copper Book available in digital archive and hardcopy

Sidney Herald: Copper Book available in digital archive and hardcopy. “The Montana Legislative Services Division announced [January 28] that the 2021 Lawmakers of Montana, better known as the Copper Book, is available in hard copy, and that past issues are now viewable in a digital archive. The books include professional and personal details about the men and women who have made legislative history in Montana since the middle of the last century.”

Wall Street Journal: Covid Upends a Rural Hospital, Where Staff Know All the Patients

Wall Street Journal: Covid Upends a Rural Hospital, Where Staff Know All the Patients. “The Crow reservation, home to about 7,200 people in southern Montana, has been struck by one of the nation’s worst outbreaks in recent weeks. That has created a situation at this 24-bed hospital, operated by the U.S. Indian Health Service, unlike almost any other medical facility in the country: The people helping combat the disease know many of the sick.”

‘We are broken’: Montana health care workers battle growing Covid outbreak (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘We are broken’: Montana health care workers battle growing Covid outbreak. “Health care workers are frustrated that many people are not following basic public health guidelines, such as wearing masks. This summer, Montana’s governor imposed a mask mandate, but it’s been difficult to enforce in many parts of the state. As the winter and flu season takes hold, health care workers are most worried about staffing. What if they get sick? What if a relative gets sick, and they have to quarantine, keeping them at home for days? Will there be enough traveling nurses to go around as the virus surges simultaneously in several parts of the country?”

AP: Concert attended by Gianforte linked to several COVID cases

AP: Concert attended by Gianforte linked to several COVID cases. “A Montana concert attended by Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is running for governor, has been linked to several COVID-19 cases, local health officials said Thursday. The outdoor concert, held Oct. 3 in Helena, was approved by the local health department, the Independent Record reported. Event organizers later faced criticism for failing to abide by local health orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which limit public events to fewer than 250 attendees.”

Flathead Beacon: Montana Physicians Plead for Adherence to Wearing Facemasks, Other Precautions

Flathead Beacon: Montana Physicians Plead for Adherence to Wearing Facemasks, Other Precautions. “Their collective plea is straightforward: wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wash hands, stay home if you’re sick and take the virus seriously, in order to the re-flatten the curve, protect vulnerable residents and keep businesses open. That message is the same as it’s been for months, but it has grown more urgent, as demonstrated by a Sept. 30 press conference in which physicians and public-health officials stressed that public commitment to those precautions is the critical factor in controlling COVID-19 in Montana.”

Montana Free Press: Realtors, renters and landlords adjust to an uncomfortable new normal

Montana Free Press: Realtors, renters and landlords adjust to an uncomfortable new normal. “A week after Gov. Steve Bullock issued a stay-at-home order designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Montana Association of Realtors got on a conference call with the organization’s leaders across the state. Realtors wanted to know how to help people move when movement is restricted. While similar orders in California and New York have designated real estate activity as nonessential, and thus subject to stay-at-home directives, Montana’s order defines real estate as ‘essential’ and, as such, unrestricted.”