COVID-19

Quarantine and tracing rules are all over the map for students in America

BY: - November 27, 2021

At this point in the pandemic, most parents are familiar with “COVID notification” letters. But the letters’ instruction on whether your kid must quarantine or not varies wildly from school to school. In Minneapolis, students exposed to COVID-19 at school are supposed to quarantine for 10 days. In the suburban Anoka-Hennepin school district, a single […]

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]

Success of COVID antiviral pills hinges on speedy, accurate tests

BY: - November 25, 2021

Within a few weeks, perhaps before many Americans finish decorating for the holidays, the U.S. could have access to a new antiviral pill from Merck expected to alter the deadly trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic — with a second option from Pfizer to follow shortly after. Now under federal review, both pills are being hailed […]

Meeting to protest Sidney Health Center vaccine mandate compliance to be held Monday

BY: - November 24, 2021

The Montana Daily Gazette and the political group Conservatives United for Richland County have had a hand in organizing and promoting a private event on Monday that will focus on teaching Sidney Health Center employees how to challenge the hospital’s decision to comply with a federal vaccine mandate necessary to keep Medicaid and Medicare funding. […]

St. Peter’s responds to special counsel report, stands by claims of threats from state officials

BY: - November 24, 2021

St. Peter’s Health in Helena responded Wednesday to the release of a legislative report this week about a dispute between the hospital and several state officials arising from an allegation of patient mistreatment, reasserting claims it first made in October that “providers and care team members were threatened and harassed when they refused to administer […]

‘My patience is almost gone’: AG threatened to file charges in St. Peter’s dispute

BY: - November 23, 2021

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and his top deputy warned St. Peter’s Health in Helena of possible legal action arising from claims of mistreatment made by a COVID-19 patient’s family in October, including that the hospital was not administering a pair of unapproved treatments for the virus prescribed by an outside doctor, according to a […]

Healthcare officials say they’ll follow CMS rules, not HB702, in order to keep operating

BY: - November 17, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte “reaffirmed” Montana’s vaccine mandate ban, a state law that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year that disallowed many employers from requiring vaccines as a condition of employment. But while a federal court halted a vaccine or testing requirement developed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration from going into effect, many […]

UM, school board distance themselves from doctor accused of spreading COVID-19 misinformation

BY: - November 9, 2021

A medical doctor affiliated with the University of Montana’s physician training program and who has been given “time-outs” on Facebook for spreading misinformation as well as calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be “executed for the crimes he has committed on humanity” will continue to teach through the university. Dr. Justin Buls, the Kalispell site […]

Gov. Gianforte announces monoclonal antibody clinic opens in Missoula

BY: - November 8, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Monday the state is expanding access to life-saving monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments with the opening of a new state-sponsored clinic in Missoula, according to a news release from his office. The Governor’s Office noted this is the second state-sponsored mAb clinic in Montana. “A life-saving tool for Montanans who contract COVID-19, […]

What we really know about COVID vaccine effectiveness

BY: - November 8, 2021

The politicization of COVID vaccines — and, well, just about everything else having to do with the pandemic — has led to confusion, if not utter fatigue. And some posts circulating on social media — this slickly edited piece on YouTube, for example — seem to build on these feelings, attempting to cast doubt on […]

Knudsen, Montana join lawsuit against Biden’s vaccine orders

BY: - November 1, 2021

Nearly as soon as U.S. President Joe Biden announced vaccine mandates for all federal workers and contractors, the Montana Attorney General vowed to use his office to fight back, and on Friday, Austin Knudsen, along with state attorneys general from nine other states brought suit in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri. The […]

DPHHS: COVID-19 expected to be third leading cause of death in MT

BY: - November 1, 2021

COVID-19 is expected to be the third leading cause of death in Montana for the second consecutive year in 2021 with Native Americans four times more likely to die from the infection than white residents, according to a new report released by the Department of Public Health and Human Services. From Jan. 1, 2020, to […]