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MT State – Tester Introduces Covid-19 Testing Act

In the face of the spread of the coronavirus Senator Jon Tester has introduced the Free COVID-19 Testing Act. It would guarantee tests to confirm infections will be free as well as to open up emergency Unemployment Insurance funds to replace wages lost by Montanans who have been affected by the outbreak.

Kalispell – KRMC Expands Visitor Restrictions

Kalispell Regional Healthcare has expanded its visitor restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective this morning Kalispell Regional Medical Center will not allow visitors. Exceptions are only for parents end-of-life situations and essential caregivers.

MT State – MT Department of Corrections Suspends Visitation

The Montana Department of Corrections has suspended visitation to all facilities until further notice in an effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus. Inmates and their loved ones are encouraged to keep in touch with available phone services and video visitation is available for inmates at Montana State Prison and Pine Hills. The Montana Boar...

MT State – State Fund Gives Staff Personal Planning Day

Montana State Fund Montana’s largest workers compensation insurance carrier will be closed today to allow employees time for personal planning in the wake of the Coronavirus. Currently Montana State Fund does plan to reopen Tuesday for normal business hours and anticipates minimal disruption to customers and benefit recipients.

Multi-state – Free Broadband for Students

Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K through 12 and or college students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription at any service level up to 100Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use ...

Mutli-state – NW Energy

Northwestern Energy is temporarily closing customer service centers and halting service disconnections for non-payment due to concerns over the coronavirus. Suspending disconnections will remain in effect until further notice to help customers who may be financially impacted as the result of the outbreak. The company is instituting work from h...