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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.
The Montana Supreme Court has denied an appeal brought by Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals, effectively voiding its permit to conduct exploratory drilling for gold in a remote area north of Yellowstone National Park, and marking the culmination of a years-long campaign to prevent mining in the Emigrant Gulch area.
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.