Montana has acquired 650,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that it will distributed at no cost through local health departments, Gov. Greg Gianforte said Thursday. The state ordered the self-administered CareStart tests from Medea Medical Products using $5.5 million in federal grant funding authorized as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations … [Read more...] about Montana will distribute 650,000 free COVID-19 rapid tests
While it wasn't easy, the City of Missoula finally received a bid to remodel Municipal Court at City Hall to accommodate one of the city's new Municipal Court judges. In the meantime, the judge will use City Council chambers as a makeshift courtroom. As a result, all are eager to get the construction project moving forward. “I know the judges will be glad to get this … [Read more...] about Finally a bid: Construction will begin on third Missoula Municipal Court courtroom
HELENA (Daily Montanan) A coalition of Montana medical groups warned on Tuesday that hospitals are once again at risk of being extended beyond their caregiving capacity as the more transmissible omicron variant starts to spread across the state. “This wave is different, and it has the potential to tax our hospitals more than any previous wave … the number of patients in our … [Read more...] about State health officials warn of hospital overcrowding with oncoming omicron surge
COLUMBIA FALLS (MTFP) — As yet another winter storm wallops western Montana, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying its best to keep the 12,923 miles of road in its care clear of snow and ice. But this year, it’s doing that with about 60 fewer people than normal, thanks to a national labor shortage that continues to impact nearly every facet of life. Fewer … [Read more...] about Montana Department of Transportation navigates shortage of plow drivers
After a tumultuous start due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the emergent Montana sports betting market picked up in 2021, with Montana bettors wagering $46 million through December 27. The return of sports and the reopening of bars heading into 2021 meant the state could finally see how its product, Sports Bet Montana, would fare in a post-COVID lockdown world. … [Read more...] about Montana sports bettors wagered $46 million in 2021, but did they win?