Last updated May 6 at 11:00 a.m. E.D.T.
As of today (May 6), Montana is reporting 456 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 62 hospitalizations and 16 deaths, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).
On March 15, Governor Steve Bullock announced that all Montana public schools would be closed for two weeks. The governor also enacted limited visits to nursing homes and encouraged people to restrict gatherings to 50 people or fewer.
“It is my top priority to protect the health and safety of Montanans, particularly our most vulnerable,” Governor Bullock said in a statement. “Social distancing is one of the most important primary protective measures to flatten the curve of this virus.”
In addition, all bars, wineries, brewpubs and casinos in Yellowstone County are closed as of March 17, according to The Billings Gazette. And Montana’s universities will finish the school year with online-only classes.
COVID-19 could disrupt the state’s agriculture industry as well. The Billings Gazette reports that farmers in the state are concerned about the impact about the closure of the United States-Canada border to nonessential travel, which the White House announced on March 18.
To date, 15,272 people have been tested for COVID-19, according to the DPHHS.
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