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Since the 2023-2024 respiratory season began Oct. 1, 2023, 77 Montanans have died due to COVID, and close to 700 COVID hospitalizations have occurred. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, more commonly referred to as SARS-CoV-2, reared its proverbial ugly head in Montana four years ago, in...

DPHHS promotes antibiotic awareness DPHHS promotes antibiotic awareness

News from DPHHS MONTANA — The state’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program spotlights the threat of antibiotic resistance. “Antibiotics do not treat the viruses that cause colds, flu, or COVID-19,” said Erika Baldry of the Infection Control and Prevention/Healthcare-Associated In...

Health officials urge caution around sick animals Health officials urge caution around sick animals

News from DPHHS MONTANA — State health officials are asking the public to be cautious and take steps to prevent exposure to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this spring by avoiding contact with sick or deceased poultry or wild birds. “Despite detecting HPAI in birds and mammals, t...

Amid dire suicide rates, governor expands student mental health screening

HELENA — Bella Nyman has struggled with her mental health since age 7, when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety.  Nyman said she was afraid to tell her parents she had thoughts of suicide. Looking back, a mental health screening might have helped her to stop hiding her struggles...

DPHHS announces first confirmed case of Monkeypox in Montana

News from DPHHS FLATHEAD COUNTY — The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Flathead City-County Health Department today confirmed a single presumptive case of monkeypox virus infection in a Flathead County adult. Initial testing was completed August 5, 2022, at the Montana...

Governor Gianforte promotes launch of Montana 988 Lifeline

HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte joined Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials, mental health and crisis lifeline experts, and Montana State University (MSU) officials on July 14 to promote the launch of the Montana 988 Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. ...

COVID update corner

MONTANA — As of Sunday, Jan. 9, there were 1,161 new cases of COVID-19 in the state with 23 new and 85 active cases in Lake County. Those numbers, gleaned from the state’s COVID-19 tracking site, compare to 22 new cases in the county on Dec. 31 and 815 new cases for the state overall on Jan. 3. &...

COVID vaccine for kids authorized, offered locally COVID vaccine for kids authorized, offered locally

Tribal Health nurses were in Polson schools and other locations last week, offering parents the opportunity to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19.  After rigorous studies, the Centers for Disease Control recently authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5-11. Kids under 12 rec...

Local hospitals feel affects of COVID surge

The state’s healthcare providers are reeling from a surge in COVID-19 not seen since last fall, leading Governor Greg Gianforte to dispatch the National Guard to 11 Montana hospitals in the past two weeks, including those in Missoula, Whitefish, Plains and Kalispell. On Sept. 22 (the last date info ...

Updates to COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan announced Updates to COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan announced

News from the Office of the Governor  MONTANA — Outgoing Governor Steve Bullock recently announced the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan has been updated to incorporate the new federal recommendations for allocation to critical groups in Montana and includes an estimated timeli...


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