Jim Murphy

Nurses administer a nasal swab to test people for the COVID-19 illness at a surveillance testing event in Crow Agency May 27, 2020.
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Last weekend, Montana saw its biggest spike yet in COVID-19 cases. YPR reports how the disease is impacting Native Americans across the state.

On Wednesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said there is no doubt Montana has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases since moving into Phase 2 of its economic reopening plan in early June.

Montana has reported 766 total known cases. Nearly one-third of those were reported since June 1st. During Wednesday’s press conference, Bullock said 136 people have tested positive for the disease over the past week.

A stock image of a doctor wearing a stethoscope.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state health official says a COVID-19 outbreak that started at a north-central Montana nursing home and caused six deaths appears to be over.

There are currently no reported cases of the new coronavirus in Montana. This, however, may only be temporary. State public health officials say they’re preparing for the worst.

The COVID-19 virus has officials with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

In light of federal public health officials declaring coronavirus a public health emergency Friday, Montana officials are gearing up county and tribal public health departments to monitor people flying in from China.