Montana Coronavirus And COVID-19 News

Jul 10, 2020
The novel coronavirus.
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07/10/20, 5 p.m.

Two more people have died as a result of a coronavirus outbreak at a memory care facility in Billings, bringing the number of deaths associated with the facility to five. RiverStone Health says a man in his 90s and a man in his 80s, both patients at the Canyon Creek Memory Care facility, died Thursday. Both men were residents of the facility, which has reported 66 cases of the virus, including 45 among residents.

Donald Trump, Jr., Susan Gianforte, Kristen Juras and Kimberly Guilfoyle at a fundraising event at Lone Mountain Ranch on June 30, 2020.
Kristen Juras / Facebook


News broke on Fourth of July that a handful of Montana’s high-profile elected officials and political candidates were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during two of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign events. This week, we learned where those events took place and who attended. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan spoke with Maritsa Georgiou of NBC Montana, who had the scoop.

Nurses test the public for asymptomatic cases of the COVID-19 illness at a mass surveillance testing event in Crow Agency May 27, 2020.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Several Montana communities are offering free COVID-19 testing in coming days to check for undetected infections.

The exterior doors and wall of Alpha House in Billings, Mont.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Residents of a corrections facility in Billings remain quarantined amid two recently-discovered COVID-19 cases. Multiple residents say they're concerned the virus could spread further within the building following what they call insufficient care for their safety.

A graphic showing four threat levels.
Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee / via Facebook

A rise in Covid-19 cases on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation has led to drastic emergency measures.

Feds Release Data On Paycheck Protection Loan Recipients

Jul 8, 2020
Montana Paycheck Protection Program loans issued by zip code
Data: U.S. Small Business Administration Source. Graphic: Eric Dietrich / MTFP

$1.8 billion in PPP loans have been approved to 22,785 Montana recipients — roughly a fifth of the state’s 123,000 small businesses.

This story is republished with permission from the Montana Free Press.

Tens of thousands of businesses and nonprofit organizations across Montana have benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a massive federal effort that has routed billions of dollars into subsidized bank loans intended to help small businesses keep workers on payroll during the economic disruption prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Montana will receive a federal grant to establish COVID-19 crisis counseling services. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday that it has approved crisis counseling assistance for Montanans struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The novel coronavirus.
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Montana health officials announced 80 new cases of the COVID-19 illness July 7, including over 50 cases in Yellowstone County, the majority of which are connected to an assisted living facility in Billings. The new cases break the state’s record for single day total cases reported.

Billings, Montana
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The 35th-annual Big Sky State Games are still on, but they are going to look a little different this year. Registration is down 40%, and some sporting events are being cancelled because of coronavirus restrictions.

A box with four vials
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Two residents of a corrections facility in Billings have tested positive for COVID-19.