Gianforte said Wednesday the state has improved vaccine distribution, about 42,000 Montanans received the first dose, and 11 counties are ready to enter Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. The state also aims to provide 97% of long-term care facilities in Montana by the end of this month.
But these encouraging numbers do not reflect a better economy, Gianforte said.
“It also does not explain the serious economic impact of the pandemic that forced Montanans to leave their jobs and not pay without their own fault,”; Gianforte said. It is my top priority to make decisions that many small business owners have to shut down their businesses, leaving what they try so hard to create, improving our response to the epidemic.
The committee heard from business owners, non-profit organizations, and others that previous orders. “Too complicated, confusing and difficult to implement,” Gianforte said.
The new statement, Gianforte said, was clear and fit on three pages.
“We carefully review the pages and pages of the directive. Before taking any action, we consulted with public health professionals, healthcare providers and business leaders and emergency management professionals. Get it right, ”Gianforte said.