Montana Coronavirus Report | Montana Free Press

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Montana cases

As of Thursday, April 15, the state reports that 619,494 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 263,785 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 106,823 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 194 new cases since yesterday, 1,028 active cases, and 104,267 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 4,888 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 57 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,528 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.

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COVID-19 vaccine providers across Montana have temporarily stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, responding to a joint recommendation issued early this week by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.

Montana governor office

A member of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning after becoming symptomatic Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the governor. This is the second governor’s office staffer publicly reported to have tested positive for the virus since early February.

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House Bill 632 directs a massive influx of cash, equivalent to about $2,800 per Montana resident, toward spending on infrastructure, business support, social services and education — investments that proponents say will help carry Montana into post-COVID prosperity.

Spring enrollment numbers show a continued decrease in public school students this spring, heightening the case for federal relief.

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