Edward O'Brien

Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

Gov. Steve Bullock Wednesday issued a directive aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Montana’s Correctional facilities. But it was dismissed as too little, too late by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and disability rights advocates.

The Montana Supreme Court weighed in late in the afternoon.

Sheltering in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus is stressful and challenging. But for those living with controlling or abusive partners it can be downright dangerous.

MTPR's Edward O’Brien reports on how Montana shelters are responding to those trapped in abusive relationships and who now have fewer escape options.

National forests in Montana are shutting down developed recreation sites in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors can still recreate on most those federal lands, but should not expect any amenities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip, the services provided by Montana’s mental health and addiction clinics are getting even more complicated.

Those who survived the 2017 state budget cuts have hung on by their fingernails ever since. And it may get a lot more difficult.

The Montana Nurses Association says it’s time for bold measures to defend against the growing COVID-19 crisis. The organization’s CEO, Vicky Byrd, penned an open letter to Gov. Steve Bullock Friday asking him to order Montanans to stay home. The group also wants the state to close all non-essential businesses until further notice.

Pressure is mounting on Montana’s food pantries. The demand for their food assistance is spiking as more people find themselves out of work due to the spread of COVID-19. Food banks need help and need it now.

Trucking is one of those things many people normally don’t think much about. But these aren’t normal times.

The coronavirus pandemic has Montana’s trucking industry working overtime to keep supply chains moving.

The Missoula Senior Center is changing how it serves meals to its elderly members; a step designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The disease is particularly dangerous for the elderly

The novel coronavirus outbreak made for a Montana St. Patrick’s Day like few others in state history. Several counties this week instituted aggressive steps to reduce large gatherings in the name of public health.

Montanans adjusted their expectations this year and dialed it back a notch.

Senior citizens are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Those caring for the elderly now have to be even more careful to avoid inadvertently harming the same people they’re trying to help. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

How do you feed Missoula’s elderly while also not creating the breeding grounds for a viral outbreak?

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