COVID-19

Samantha Suazo, a Latina, receiving her Covid vaccine at the Big Sky Medical Center. PHOTO COURTESY SAMANTHA SUAZO

My vaccine experience

Two weeks ago I turned 18 and along with the excitement of this important date, there was better news. I was now eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine because I am Latina; in Montana Latinos and other people of color are priority groups for receiving the shots because we are more vulnerable to the virus.

Politics of a pandemic

It has been an interesting year of politics amidst a pandemic. Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) decided to roll-back the statewide mask mandate created by former Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who termed-out and vied for a Senate seat.

Maintain the mask

The face covering rule in Gallatin County will be extended until April 20, as will the isolation and quarantine rule and rule for visitation at nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and senior and assisted living facilities, per a recent Gallatin City-County Board of Health meeting.

Big Sky Resort Area District Executive Director Daniel Bierschwale is featured in a step-by-step video that educates locals on how to complete the free COVID-19 testing. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Vaccinations and tests

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital employees recently began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations just as area leaders anticipate a holiday surge. Taylor Rose, director of Clinical Services & Operations Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center said holiday staffing looks good, the medical center is not currently at capacity and preparations have been made.

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