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Montana Ending State Of Emergency For Pandemic

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte stands in the state Capitol building flanked by tribal, state and the American flags.
James Bradley
UM Legislative News Service
Gov. Greg Gianforte releases his plans for the state’s response to COVID-19 at a press conference January 5, 2021.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte is lifting Montana’s state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic more than 15 months after it was imposed under his predecessor. Wednesday's move by the Republican governor comes as COVID-19 case rates continue to slowly drop. Almost half the state’s eligible residents are now fully vaccinated. Broad public health mandates such as face mask requirements and occupancy limits for businesses were previously rescinded. Other states have also lifted emergency declarations in recent days as the public health crisis eases. The respiratory disease has caused at least 1,665 deaths in Montana.