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Gianforte Statement on Montana’s First Confirmed Case of Coronavirus

March 11, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Montana (R-Mont.) today issued a statement after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that a Montanan visiting Maryland tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

“As the governor of Maryland confirms Montana’s first case of coronavirus, protecting the health and safety of Montanans is my top priority. Our country is one of the best prepared in the world to keep Montanans safe from the virus. The Trump administration is using the tools Congress has provided to respond to this public health crisis. I will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials on our efforts to respond and protect our communities. I pray for those impacted by the virus, and remain grateful to our first responders and health care workers who are on the front lines,” Gianforte said.

President Trump recently signed into law the bipartisan Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act which Gianforte supported. The measure provides nearly $8 billion for our nation’s response to coronavirus, including more than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available, $2 billion for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) response efforts, and $20 million for disaster assistance loans. Additionally, the law opens the door for telehealth to help avoid potentially overcrowding health care facilities, especially in rural areas.

More information about Montana’s first confirmed case of coronavirus may be found HERE.

For resources about COVID-19, including best practices to prevent its spread, Montanans should visit coronavirus.gov.