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Whitefish – Emergency Response Fund for Local Non-Profits

The Whitefish Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced the activation of a Community Emergency Response Fund to support local nonprofits that are helping those directly impacted by COVID-19. The foundation has committed an initial $150,000 to the fund to address the unexpected needs impacting local families.

Coronavirus Impact on State’s Tourism Industry

Montana’s tourism-related businesses are feeling the strain of the coronavirus impact according to studies by researchers at the University of Montana released Tuesday. The businesses reporting the biggest hits were hotels and accommodations with nearly 50% of respondents in the category reporting cancellations due to fears of COVID-19 transm...

Catholic Masses Suspended Across Montana

Bishop Austin Vetter of the Diocese of Helena has joined with Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings to suspend Catholic Masses through at least March 30th. Also upcoming weddings will be postponed or celebrated with only the couple and two witnesses. Baptisms will be delayed unless in an emergency but scheduled confirmat...

State President Scott Sales Pushing for Mail-In Ballot

State Senate President Scott Sales is suggesting shifting to a mail-ballot only primary as the safest option for Montana counties including voters and staff polling stations as volunteers and has urged Governor Steve Bullock to apply emergency powers to make it possible. Bullock’s staff has confirmed the governor spoke with Sales but said resp...

Billings – Triage Centers Open

Both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare have opened triage centers to test patients for COVID-19. The two test centers aim to increase the number of people tested and both hospitals are expected to do the preliminary test for anywhere from 75 to 100 people daily. Samples from patients will be sent either to the state public health lab ...

Kalispell – Kalispell Regional Healthcare Vice President Of Medical Affairs On Preparations For Coronavirus Outbreak

Dr. Doug Nelson Vice President of Medical Affairs on the executive team with Kalispell Regional Healthcare took to Facebook live Monday to answer questions from the social media audience as well as to inform Northwest Montana on what measures the hospital is taking to protect patients and healthcare providers from coronavirus. https://norther...

Great Falls – Malmstrom Declares Health Emergency

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials declared a public health emergency Friday announcing a dependent spouse had been tested for COVID-19. According to a press release Monday the test has since come back negative. Officials will continue to follow the declaration of a public health emergency.

Great Falls – Malmstrom Declares Health Emergency

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials declared a public health emergency Friday announcing a dependent spouse had been tested for COVID-19. According to a press release Monday the test has since come back negative. Officials will continue to follow the declaration of a public health emergency.