State Bureau reporter for Lee Newspapers of Montana.
Phillips County, which reported its first case this week, now has 21 active cases.
As K-12 schools and the state's colleges and universities move toward bringing students back on campuses, officials are increasingly putting the onus on Montana's residents to assume responsibility for the role their actions can play in either slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus or contributing to exponential growth.
The five cases in Phillips County are the first reported there, and only Mineral, Petroleum and Carter counties have not reported cases.
"If the Census Bureau continues to move the goal posts of the decennial count, we fear communities in Montana will go uncounted and therefore unrepresented in our democracy."