Here are the latest stories on how the coronavirus has spread in Montana and Wyoming, and how health officials and healthcare facilities are handling the virus.
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Four of the new cases are from Laramie County, three come from Fremont County, and one comes from Lincoln County.
Here's the status of reopening in states across the country. Texas, Oklahoma, and Montana are among those newly allowing restaurants to reopen.
Officials both in Wyoming and across the nation have stressed the need for widespread testing to truly get a handle on the pandemic.
“Contact tracing is something we've done for ever and it's a very basic epidemiology strategy for controlling diseases that are spread person to person," said Clay Van Houten of the Wyoming Department of Health.
Three of the new cases were in Fremont County, which now has 122 confirmed patients -- the state's highest total. Laramie and Teton counties also had new cases.
Nine of the new cases are confirmed and four are probable.
Montana will establish a target of 60,000 tests for COVID-19 each month, Gov. Steve Bullock said Wednesday, adding that it's a goal the state will need to work up to by increasing testing supplies.
Wyoming now has more than 400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
The state added zero new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, continuing on a downward trajectory of case growth following a stay-at-home order that lifted Sunday.
Fremont County is now the first Wyoming county with more than 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The state continued on a downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases, adding two laboratory-confirmed case since Monday.
While large cities bask in the beauty of less smog created by automobile traffic during the coronavirus pandemic’s travel restrictions, Montan…
Kayman Tamez, 14, was Campbell County’s third confirmed case of COVID-19 and his father the sixth, even though dad brought it home from work to his son.
The latest coronavirus figures for Wyoming show a sizable increase in Fremont County for the third consecutive day.
Adding to the challenge of containing the illness in Indian Country is the lack of housing and overcrowded conditions.
Mark Ward is among the Montanans who have recovered from COVID-19.
Montana reached 445 cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with 339 people recovered and 11 actively hospitalized.
The head of the Montana Medical Association said Friday he supports a gradual reopening of the state while reminding residents to remain vigilant.
As Gov. Steve Bullock moves to roll back emergency measures enacted to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, he has said he’ll take a data-driven approach to reopening Montana’s economy while minimizing the risk of a second-surge outbreak.
Researchers at the University of Montana are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The shipment provides the state with a much-needed influx of personal protective equipment as federal officials have largely left states to procure their own supplies.
Montana reached 437 cumulative cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 273 people recovered and 14 actively hospitalized.
The news triples the number of known deaths in Wyoming of coronavirus patients.
That includes a woman in her 80s in Toole County died; and a 65-year-old man with underlying health conditions died in Cascade County.
COOKE CITY — In a town of about 80 year-round residents, it’s easy to know everyone’s name, or at least recognize their face.
Several hundred people gathered on the sidewalks around the Montana Capitol building Sunday afternoon to protest what they believe to be overreaching restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Hundreds of people protested Gov. Steve Bullock's stay-at-home order during the Liberty Rally outside the Montana Capitol building Sunday afternoon.
Outside the gates at Crossroads Correctional Center, a for-profit private prison in Toole County, the coronavirus outbreak has been especially pronounced, accounting for nearly half of the state's nine COVID-19-related deaths.
“We are all fighters up here. We have no need to crumple. That’s our fighting spirit.”
Montana added four new known cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with three in Yellowstone County and one in Missoula County.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that he would need to see two weeks of sustained reductions in daily COVID-19 case growth, as well as sufficient hospital capacity and testing abilities, before beginning a phased-in rollback of the state's stay-at-home order.
Yellowstone County reported its first COVID-19 death Friday.
Of the state's now 305 confirmed cases, 157 have fully recovered.
Toole County on Thursday afternoon reported another death from COVID-19, that county's fourth and the state's eighth.
The mayor said that he'd seen a video of the party and that the attendees were "flat out thumbing their nose" at public health concerns.
The Republican leadership of the Montana Legislature on Tuesday said in a letter to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock they want him to lift the statewide stay-at-home order in counties with no or few COVID-19 cases as a way of restarting the state's economy.
A report released Tuesday by Montana's Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section details the first 377 COVID-19 cases in Montana, including information about how quickly cases grew, how the virus spread and what outcomes patients have had.
Wyoming experienced a big increase in recovered cases on Tuesday with 24.
“The CDC indicated an interest in directing some of their staff toward protecting areas with relatively low levels of COVID-19 infections,” state health officer Dr. Alexia Harrist said.
Nearly half of Natrona County's 33 confirmed coronavirus patients are linked to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, while an equal number of patients here have recovered from the virus.
By Monday, Montana had 394 known cases of COVID-19 and 8,913 people had been tested.
Montana gained another 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday morning, with half of the new cases in Toole County, according to the Montana Depart…
Big Horn, Platte and Weston are now the only Wyoming counties without confirmed cases.
Montana reached 377 known COVID-19 cases Saturday, with six deaths reported statewide and 46 hospitalizations.
Big Horn County reported its first case of novel coronavirus, and Yellowstone County gained 3 new cases as of Friday.
Gallatin County offered a mix of optimism and caution Friday, saying that 106 of the county's 134 confirmed cases of the virus have recovered, but that local hospitals are preparing for a possible surge of a hundred patients later this month.
New cases were reported Friday in Natrona, Teton, Laramie, Fremont, Campbell and Sweetwater counties.
The number of laboratory confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Wyoming rose to 320 on Thursday.
The Yellowstone County Unified Health Command warned recently the various rapid test kits coming to market are not approved by the FDA and have "serious flaws" with how they detect the virus.
The day after state medical director Greg Holzman told reporters on a press call that there were no known cases of COVID-19 on Montana's seven tribal reservations, the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes said in a Facebook post their reservation in northeastern Montana has two cases.
The U.S. Postal Service confirmed Wednesday that two of its employees in Billings recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Combined, the state says there are 303 patients with the coronavirus in Wyoming, between the confirmed count and the probable count — 94 of which have fully recovered.
It's unclear what happened to the masks, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday, including whether they were stolen.
Two COVID-19 patients who were treated at Billings hospitals have been released.
For the first few days after Gov. Steve Bullock's stay-at-home directive was announced on March 26, the Yellowstone County Attorney's Office w…
The extension also applies to orders such as a post-travel quarantine for most people and pauses on evictions.
The state also reported 51 recoveries, a number recently added to a website with COVID-19 information.
The colorized images of the virus offer the public an up-close view of something that can be hard for many to imagine.
Yellowstone County's efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 appear to be working.
As Montana is expected to extend its stay-at-home order for another two weeks, the state hit 319 known COVID-19 cases Monday.
New cases were announced in Laramie, Lincoln and Teton counties Sunday night.
The victim was "middle-aged or above" according to the Missoula City-County Health Department.
Montana's known COVID-19 cases climbed by three Saturday morning, to 265, including Beaverhead County's first confirmed case of the disease — a woman between the ages of 20-29.
Bullock said he is doubling the supply of food commodities from the federal government that are provided at no cost to Montanans through food banks, by tribal governments, senior centers and other places.
Montana hit 262 known COVID-19 cases Friday, according to numbers from the state, with five deaths reported statewide and 24 hospitalizations.
There have been 10 cases of the novel coronavirus linked to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute as of Thursday night, a Natrona County health official said.
An isolation unit and quarantine site is being set up at the MetraPark Pavilion, according to Yellowstone County's United Health Command.
Six uniformed Montana Army and Air National Guard members, wearing face masks and gloves, screened passengers from two flights arriving at the…
A month ago, as university economists crisscrossed Montana offering economic forecasts for 2020, the questions audiences wanted answered was w…
The total number of coronavirus cases in Montana rose to 241 Thursday according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Thirteen new cases were announced Thursday morning, and three more were announced in the evening.
Testing identified 17 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday in Wyoming, bringing the state's total to 137.
The Montana Army and Air National Guard will deploy 73 Guardsmen activated by the governor to locations around the state to help slow the spre…
Montana has surpassed 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to testing numbers updated Wednesday morning on the state's case tracker map.
Gov. Steve Bullock told the president that Montana is "literally … one day away" of being unable to do testing in Montana if it can't get kits from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The majority of COVID-19 cases in Montana to date have been tied to either domestic or international travel.
Wyoming has no plans for a stay-at-home order to contain the coronavirus but any order for the entire state would contain no exemptions, Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday.
By Monday evening, four Montanans had died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. At least 177 had fallen ill and 12 people around the state are hospitalized, according to information from the state.
Two COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized in Lewis and Clark County, which is now experiencing community spread of the disease.
The second COVID-19 death in Montana was confirmed Sunday by the state, and a newspaper in Cut Bank reports that a third Montanan has also die…
Montana added an additional 14 cases of the novel coronavirus by Sunday night for a total of 161.
Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley, like larger communities, are reducing business as required by the COVID-19 pandemic, and bracing for the virus to hit close to home. But in the meantime, stores here are seeing an uptick in customers like Mora: second-home owners seeking isolation.
Montana reached 147 known cases of COVID-19 by Saturday evening, up 26 from the night before.
Montana will go under an order issued by Gov. Steve Bullock to stay at home starting Saturday morning, as the state saw its first death from COVID-19 this week and reached 121 cases of the virus by Friday evening.
Here's a summary of where those cases are located as well as a link to more information about the directive to shelter-in-place from Gov. Steve Bullock.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county increased to 23 Friday evening, including one hospitalized patient and the first cases appear…
On the same day as the state's first reported death from COVID-19, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday issued a shelter-in-place order.
Glendive Medical Center officials have asked patients to call before going to the hospital, since the facility has enacted restrictions in lig…
Montana reached 90 known cases of COVID-19 by Thursday afternoon, with more than a third in Gallatin County, according to test results announced by the state.
Gov. Steve Bullock told counties on Wednesday they can choose to conduct an all-mail election in June. He also expanded early voting.
Wyoming's known coronavirus cases jumped more than 60 percent in a little more than 24 hours.
Bullock on Tuesday extended his orders closing public K-12 schools and some businesses where people congregate until at least April 10, an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Montana.
The state of Montana reached 45 COVID-19 cases Monday, adding 11 from the previous day's tally and six cases in Gallatin County, where the county health officer on Sunday said there was evidence of community spread.
The Yellowstone County Detention Facility officer who tested positive for COVID-19 likely contracted the new coronavirus during an out-of-stat…
Montana's U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines both sent press releases saying the 16 Montanans that were on the ship are getting flights home.
As Montana’s bout with the global COVID-19 outbreak ramps up, bare grocery store shelves have joined tense press conference broadcasts, school closures, and restaurant shutdowns as new-normal indicators of the pandemic’s fallout in Montanans’ day-to-day lives.
Gallatin County health officials said Sunday four new cases of COVID-19 announced over the weekend indicate evidence of community spread of the coronavirus in Montana.
In one week's time, the number of cases in Wyoming jumped from three to 26.
As the number of cases of coronavirus escalates in Montana, hospitals are preparing for more patients while also working to protect staff and …
Four more coronavirus cases were diagnosed Sunday, including three in Gallatin county and one in Yellowstone County, bringing the total number of cases to 34 statewide.
The Ravalli County patient was identified as a 19-year-old woman who had contracted the virus through international travel.
School closures and business shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus contribute to a state-wide blood shortage for hospitals.
If there's one coronavirus issue that remains a sore point, it's testing. Who can get tested for the virus and how long does it take?
Two Yellowstone County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday are health care workers, according to the Unified Health Command on…
A detention officer at the Yellowstone County jail has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Three Lewis and Clark County residents have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday.
"It's hard to determine who's got COVID that's mild and who doesn't," one doctor said. "That's the worry."
HONOLULU — At least 14 Montanans are passengers on a cruise ship that won't be allowed to disembark in Honolulu after being turned away by other ports, even with no positive cases of coronavirus, officials said this week.
The case makes Wyoming's 19th confirmed COVID-19 patient, all of whom have been identified in the past nine days.
Gov. Steve Bullock advised Montanans who traveled internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Meanwhile, unemployment claims increase dramatically.
The latest patient was a man who was over the age of 60 and living in Teton County.
The total number of Montanans tested has risen by more than 200 since Monday, to 509 total.
Three people in Wyoming's capital city have now tested positive for coronavirus. The latest person tested positive Wednesday morning.
Of those patients seen at the clinic, 14 have been tested for COVID-19. No positive cases in Natrona County have so far been reported.
The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus patients in Wyoming to 15.
The condition of the two Wyoming residents is unknown.
Both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare on Monday opened viral triage centers to test patients for COVID-19, as the two hospitals continue to prepare for a likely influx of patients.
Two men broke into the hospital's office building and stole masks; they then attempted to break into the hospital itself in an attempt to steal "masks, gloves, and toilet paper," an official said.
The patient is "an older male resident of Laramie County." He is not hospitalized right now.
All of the new cases are tied directly to an earlier case involving a patient living at a Lander assisted-living center, health officials say.
The Missoula patient is a man in his 20s and the Yellowstone patient is a woman also in her 20s.
Two Helenans who spent a week in isolation on a cruise ship hit by coronavirus were among the eight Montanans transported home Sunday from Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia by the Montana Army National Guard.
Following six presumptive positive tests for the novel coronavirus within Montana's borders, Gov. Steve Bullock on Sunday afternoon ordered schools statewide to close and encouraged limits on gatherings of more than 50 people.
All Montana University System personnel who attended the most recent Board of Regents meeting in Dillon have been advised to self-quarantine out of an "abundance of caution” until March 20, the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Education reported Sunday.
All four of the Montana residents who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday contracted the virus while out of state, while two new presumptiv…
Health officials have linked the man to a previously identified coronavirus case in Sheridan County.
Public health officials say a presumptive positive coronavirus patient who sought medical care in Lewis and Clark County will be isolated in his home in Broadwater County for 14 days.
The grants, announced Wednesday by the White House, are part of an $8.3 billion coronavirus spending bill approved by Congress on Feb. 24.
Officials are examining whether at least one student was exposed to coronavirus at an extracurricular event in Wyoming, though experts say it's most likely that the unidentified illness is not the contagious virus.
Yellowstone County health officials are planning to create a centralized testing center for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the ne…
The cases include a man in Gallatin County in his 40s, a woman in Yellowstone County in her 50s, a man in Butte-Silver Bow County in his 50s, and a man in Lewis and Clark County in his 50s. The tests were conducted at the state public health laboratory.
A Missoula family, including a member of Missoula County Public Schools’ Board of Trustees, is trying to figure out the best way home from Europe, after the Trump administration’s travel restrictions threw their return plans into confusion.
On Wednesday, the county commission voted to double the hours of the public health department’s emergency coordinator and said it would approve additional staff should the need arise.
Officials said that a case here is likely but that people shouldn't demand tests because they have a cold.
Wyoming health officials said Thursday they expect to have ample capacity to keep testing for the new coronavirus after the state's first positive test for the infection.
A Montana resident visiting Maryland has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a social media post from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Health officials in Yellowstone County are urging people who are at high risk for becoming seriously ill to start taking precautions in light …
There were still no reported cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Montana on Tuesday morning, even as the number of people tested inched up and some insurers announced they would waive fees around testing in the state.
After spending the last few days holed up on a cruise ship carrying at least 21 people with coronavirus, a retired Helena couple expects to be back on dry land soon.
As fears over the growing coronavirus outbreak continue, stores are seeing a surge in sales of hand sanitizer, face masks and other disinfecta…
Three Western Montana state legislators and one candidate attended a recent Washington, D.C.-area conference where an attendee tested positive for coronavirus.
Billings hospitals and schools are taking action to help prevent the spread of diseases and educate others on the coronavirus.
County health officials tell the city to be prepared for the eventual arrival of the coronavirus.
“First of all, people are actually not cognizant of hour serious the impacts are on the Chinese economy,” former China reporter Dexter Roberts explained.
A new package of rules from the Department of Health and Human Services includes a requirement that schools have plans to deal with infectious disease outbreaks.
As of Thursday there were still no known cases of coronavirus in Montana, but health officials in Yellowstone County are preparing in the even…
The family of a Peace Corps volunteer from Missoula is concerned for her safety amid the coronavirus outbreak.
An experimental antiviral medication successfully prevented disease in monkeys infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, according to a study completed at Hamilton’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Results for a Gallatin County person who was tested to see if they contracted the novel coronavirus following travel to China have come back negative, according to a press release from the city-county health department.
A person in Gallatin County is being evaluated at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital after becoming ill following travel to mainland China and will be tested for the novel coronavirus.
Some Chinese students at UM are left wondering how a trip home might be complicated by the viral outbreak, which has prompted travel bans, flights cancellations and quarantines.
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