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Articles with the Tag: COVID-19

Pop-up testing offered near COVID ‘hot spots’

To accommodate an increase in demand for testing Tribal Health is offering pop-up testing near COVID "hot spots.” A mobile unit and a team of nurses is deployed to test at these locations. Most recently pop-up testing has been done in Arlee and Polson at the Linderman gym with great success. Any commun...

Drive-through COVID testing reopens in Polson, Ronan Drive-through COVID testing reopens in Polson, Ronan

In the COVID era, when is a cold just a cold? That’s the question I asked myself last Thursday, when I woke up with a stuffy nose, scratchy throat, achy body and an urge to stay in bed all day. I had been to a concert with more than 3,000 people a few nights before, which included riding a crowded bus ...

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 ...

Annual Harvest Fest returns to Ronan Annual Harvest Fest returns to Ronan

RONAN — After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ronan Harvest Festival returned to the south lawn of Glacier Bank along U.S. Highway 93 on Saturday, and so did the crowds.  “We thought it would be something fun to do to get the kids out of the house,” said event go...

MT unemployment rate hits 14-year low

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Montana’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year low, dropping to 3.5 percent in August. The national unemployment rate for August is 5.2 percent. “With Montana open for business and more Montanans returning to good-paying jobs, our econo...

Mission Valley Live opens concert series with Quarteto Nuevo Mission Valley Live opens concert series with Quarteto Nuevo

By Kristi Niemeyer  for the Valley Journal RONAN — Quarteto Nuevo, an innovative group that deftly blends classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz, opens the Mission Valley Live concert series at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 with a concert at the Ronan Performing Arts Center. “With an or...

Briefs for Sept. 15, 2021

St. Joseph offers non-symptom COVID testing for travel, work News from Providence St. Joseph Hospital POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson offers a variety of COVID-19 testing options. Patients who are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to COVID positive patients ca...

Tester announces $679,000 UM College of Health

  News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $679,441 in new Federal Communications Commission pandemic relief funding for the University of Montana College of Health in Missoula to purchase telemedicine kits. The kits will enable critical, re...

MT medical, nursing communities issues statement

News from Montana Medical Association HELENA — The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services today issued a temporary emergency rule on masking in schools.  The Montana Medical Association, Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Montana Association of Pediatric...

COVID cases rise, new bills restrict response measures COVID cases rise, new bills restrict response measures

Two bills passed by the 2021 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte make it even more challenging for public health officials to address the current upswing in COVID cases, accelerated by the highly contagious Delta variant.  House Bill 257 limits the ability of health boards or schoo...

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