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State to move to weekly COVID-19 updates | 406 Politics


This Friday’s weekday COVID-19 case update from the state health department will be the last daily report, as the state moves to a weekly schedule starting next week.

Citing lower caseloads and transmission levels, the state Department of Public Heath and Human Services made the announcement Wednesday, following indications in March that it would make the change.

After this Friday, the state will move to post updated data on new cumulative cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccination progress each Friday, with the first weekly report May 13. The change applies to the emails sent out by the health department as well.

In a March interview, Gov. Greg Gianforte said the state was considering a change to how it responds to the pandemic, citing lower caseloads and hospitalization rates. In a follow-up email, his administration said the one way the state’s management might change would be following a recommendation from the administration’s…

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