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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

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Jefferson County added 15 new COVID-19 cases in one week, and the Public Health Department is now monitoring 17 active cases with 33 close contacts. Eight new infections were added to the as of Sunday, with three being moved to the recovery list, according to the Public Health Department. Read Article

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Sometimes there’s a misplaced set of headphones that require a quick search, or the internet connection is balky, but generally by 9:30 a.m. the Craft family is online and at school.  Read Article

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The Jefferson County Public Health Department expected a September surge in COVID-19 cases — and it has happened, according to Supervisor Pam Hanna.  Read Article

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The Jefferson County Health Board declined to vote publicly on upholding or rescinding an order, issued by the previous health officer, that calls for canceling participation in non-conference games by the county’s two high schools’ athletic teams this fall due to the pandemic.  Read Article

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Elsewhere in this paper, you will find an advertisement from Jefferson County seeking a new Health Officer, a part-time health professional charged with working with officials and agencies to “ensure health program efficiency and compliance with laws, rules and regulations…enforce health cod… Read Article

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The Montana City School Board of Trustees gave the nod to a sports spectator plan, while the Clancy Trustees listened to parent and student concerns regarding goggles and masks for volleyball players, as both boards weighed a need for normalcy for students against COVID-19 safety precautions. Read Article

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After months of confusion surrounding decision-making on public events, Jefferson County Health Board Chairperson Christina Binkowski signalled that the Board should take a more active role in reviewing health plans for gatherings of 50 or more people as it seeks a new health officer.  Read Article

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The Clancy and Montana City libraries have free face masks available for patrons who might forget to bring one. The masks are made available by the Jefferson County Disaster and Emergency Services, the Public Health Department and volunteer mask makers, according to Director of Libraries Car… Read Article

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No one wants to get that phone call — the one that identifies a person as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, said Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor Pam Hanna.  Read Article

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At 8 a.m. Friday, August 14, about 46 young men reported for the first official pre-season practice of the summer at Jefferson High School. Finally, amid swirling passions and conflicting decisions nationally regarding the feasibility of playing contact sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, foo… Read Article

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While there are some activities moving forward as part of the Jefferson County Rodeo, a large portion of the annual event — the Northern Rodeo Association-sanctioned professional competition — was not approved by the county’s health officer. Read Article

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Montana City School released its reopening plan for this fall, which includes a five-day a week schedule and a request for parents to transport their students when possible as the pandemic continues to be a threat, according to the draft plan released Monday. Read Article

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A month before classes begin, school administrators are facing challenges that, in any other year, would seem routine. How will kids pass safely in the corridors? Where and when will they eat lunch?    Read Article

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Montana, surveillance testing designed to serve as an early warning system to prevent large outbreaks and keep businesses open is increasingly becoming ineffective, public health officials told Montana Free Press. Read Article