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With two historically large events scheduled for August, the Jefferson County Health Board discussed eliminating the cap on event attendance that had been put in place due to the pandemic. Read Article

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The Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson’s single-does COVID-19 vaccine based on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation.  The two federal agencies recommended the pause af… Read Article

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In late 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 23, 2020, Jefferson County Health Department received its first allotment on Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We were overjoyed. There was cheering and singing and a few tears of relief… Read Article

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Spring sports, prom and graduation — some degree of normality is returning to the lives of Jefferson High School students as the pandemic hits the one year mark.  Read Article

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Elkhorn Pharmacy is offering appointments for Jefferson County residents who fall under Montana’s Phase 1B+ category to receive COVID-19 vaccines. The offering was made available through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program recently initiated by the Biden Administration. Read Article

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The Jefferson County Health Board has upped the cap on the number of people who can attend events at one time in the county, with a target of 150 by May. Read Article

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Nurse Jo Embrey prepares a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Saturday as Gordon Tallent of Clancy waits for his first dose of the two-dose regime. The Jefferson County Department of Public Health held its first mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Volunteer Hall at the Fairgrounds, admi… Read Article

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A tier system has been established for Jefferson County residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations under the state’s Phase 1B. The tiers prioritize among those eligible in the current phase, which includes those age 70 and older, American Indians and other people of color who may be at an … Read Article

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Since Jefferson County’s long term health officer’s contract was not renewed last September, the county has been served by Sandy Sacry, a Health Board member and nurse, who had agreed to take on the position on an interim basis.  Read Article

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HELENA — Week two of the legislative session has concluded and there are 80 working days left before the 2021 legislative session comes to a close. The House of Representatives has been off to a productive start for the people of Montana.  Read Article

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HELENA — A bill under consideration by the Montana Legislature would give legislators more opportunity to check emergency powers granted to the governor in long-running disaster situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read Article

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HELENA — The Montana Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would strike a section from Montana law saying law enforcement officers commit a misdemeanor if they deny enforcing state or county health orders. Read Article

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Sam Samson of Boulder received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Public Health Department. It was administered by nurse Kim Franchi. The department began implementing Phase IB last week, and the county is scheduling appointments for those age 7… Read Article

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Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Jefferson County and health officials are following official recommendations on how those will be distributed, beginning with healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients and long-term care facility staff and residents, according to the P… Read Article

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Dr. Mike Gallagher, an orthopedic trauma surgeon with Montana Orthopedics, St. James Healthcare, received the coronavirus vaccine last week along with his fellow health care professionals.  Read Article

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Reducing the COVID-19 quarantine period from 14 to 10 days is being requested by at least two Jefferson County school divisions and administrators, and is based on new data from the Centers for Disease Control.  Read Article

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While surges of COVID-19 cases began in the north and south ends of Jefferson County, the virus is now about equally spread throughout, according to Public Health Department Supervisor Pam Hanna.  Read Article

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When Montana City School went remote in November for an extended period due to COVID-19, it was able to use additional CARES Act funding to cover the ongoing costs associated with the pandemic.  Read Article

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BUTTE — Mercury Street Medical Clinical Research and St. James Healthcare are partnering in a clinical trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford known as AZD1222. Read Article

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Jefferson High School is hosting a trustee and community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24 to give parents, staff and the public an opportunity to learn about and share thoughts and ideas about the school’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read Article

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The Jefferson County Public Health Department, faced with a rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, has announced it can no longer keep up with the contact tracing process.  Read Article

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With cases rising in Jefferson County, and some residents still resistant to wearing masks in public places and following other forms of COVID-19 preventative measures, the Commissioners and county attorney on Oct, 27 discussed a range of enforcement mechanisms that could be rolled out to sl… Read Article

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A week from now, subject to the vagaries of ballot counting in this pandemic-challenged election, we will have chosen a President. If the majority of polls are to be believed*, that President will be Joe Biden. It’s possible – but somewhat less likely — that Democrats also will flip enough s… Read Article

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Jefferson County added two more COVID-19 cases Thursday, Oct. 22, but were able to move five people to the recovered list, giving public health nurses time to catch their breath, according to Department of Public Health Clinic Coordinator Molly Carey.  Read Article