Montana Coronavirus Cases
As of July 9, Montana reported 1,466 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 25 has resulted in death. Yellowstone has the majority of cases with 377 reported. Gallatin was second with 334.
Montana Builds Alternate Healthcare Facility in Kalispell, in Preparation for New Wave of Coronavirus Cases
A temporary healthcare facility is currently being constructed in Kalispell to deal with an overflow of in the event that a new wave of COVID-19 cases breaks out, overwhelming the healthcare system in Montana.
The Montana COVID-19 Task Force chose Kalispell Regional Healthcare as an “alternate care center” to cater to Western Montana should an emergency arise.
The alternate space is meant to be used to attend to patients who do not have COVID-19 so that those who do have the virus can be taken care of in the hospital’s main building without fear of infections.
The facility is being constructed in the Kalispell Regional Medical Center Campus on an unoccupied floor of the Montana Children’s hospital. Over the weeks, this once empty space has been transformed into an excellent medical unit, hosting 101 patient rooms and seven nursing stations.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency charged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with bringing the facility to life. The local building companies who were contracted to do the work have said they will be finished this weekend.
“It’s been a lot of teamwork to deliver this project ahead of schedule,” said Brigadier Gen. Peter Helmlinger, Division Commander for the Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division.
“Everybody understands the priority for this project and has worked hard to expedite the process,” he said. “It’s really appropriate with Memorial Day coming up that we’re able to provide this space as an insurance policy for the state of Montana.”
Currently, the facility is not being put to use, “which is good news,” Helmlinger said. “But if it is needed it can be turned on very quickly.”
Steve Bullock, governor of Montana, visited the facility on Thursday. He congratulated the team on the quality work done in record time but said he hopes the facility will turn out to be an unnecessary precaution.
"Montana college students have seen their lives and education disrupted because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This critical funding I fought to secure in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package will help our students get the relief they need during this crisis and lift any burdens they might have because of the disruption to their education."
Montana Senator Steve Daines on the $31,412,577 in funding secured for Montana's colleges, universities, and their students to cushion the effects of coronavirus
Montana Company Receives Warning Letter From FTC For False COVID-19 Claims
A Montana company is one of 45 companies that were sent warning letters by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for claiming to make products that are effective in the prevention, treatment, or cure of the COVID-19 virus.
BioElectric Shield is a Montana company that specializes in the production of EMF protective products. The company publicly declared that “5G appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back when it comes to the spread of the Coronavirus.” According to the company, their products can help consumers “Boost your Immune System – Get Coronavirus ‘Body Smart,’” especially with the purchase of a “Level 3 BioElectric Shield.”
The letter received from the FCT reminded BioElectric Shield that it is an offense to “advertise that a product or service can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made.” Going on, the letter said “What’s more, “For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist,” making any product being sold by BioElectric a fraudulent offering.
BioElectric Shield has been ordered to “immediately cease making all such claims” and to acknowledge the letter from the FCT within 48 hours. Their acknowledgment must contain a list of actions that, in that time and going forward, they will have undergone in order to return to the good graces of the FCT.
Unemployment rate in Montana as of March2020; 3.5%
Number of initial unemployment insurance claims made in Montana in the week ending May 2: 7,052 Number of claims the previous week: 4,263
Race distribution of Coronavirus cases in Montana as of May 15:
White: 92% American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander: 5% Asian: <1% Black or African American: <1% Other Race: <1% Undetermined/Under investigation: 1%
Source: Official Montana State Website