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Montana cases

As of Thursday, December 10, Montana reports a cumulative total of 70,892 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 779 new cases since yesterday, 17,117 active cases, and 52,994 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 3,003 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 488 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 781 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

As of Nov. 20, a state mask mandate is in effect in all Montana counties regardless of active case count.

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During a Thursday press conference with U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Bullock said COVID-19 test positivity rates had dropped from a peak of about 20% in November to approximately 14% today. Some of the state’s larger counties, like Gallatin and Yellowstone, have also seen daily case count decreases of up to 38%, Bullock said.

Two weeks after the Flathead City-County Health Department’s current leader announced she was stepping down because of a “toxic environment,” a former public health officer is coming out of retirement to take the reins of the department at the center of one of the state’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks.

When 9,750 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Montana as early as next Tuesday, the delivery will mark the beginning of a complex distribution plan organized by public health officials, hospital administrations and commercial pharmacies.

Lawmakers who sit on the House and Senate rules committees convened virtually and at the state Capitol this week to debate how the upcoming legislative session should operate as COVID-19 continues to spread across the state.

How public historians in Missoula are documenting community response to COVID-19 in real time, creating a living record for now, and for the future.

On Nov. 27, Tamalee St. James Robinson told the Flathead County Commission and the Flathead City-County Board of Health that she will step down from her position Dec. 31.

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