Gianforte Talks to New Media Broadcasters – Hi-Line Today
LE HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte spoke by phone Friday with new media broadcasters to discuss a wide variety of issues.
Regarding COVID-19, Gianforte said the state is transitioning to approaching the virus from an endemic perspective, similar to how it treats viruses such as influenza, measles and smallpox.
“Working with our medical staff, we have all concluded that with hospitalizations plummeting, infection numbers down and no variants of concern on the horizon, it was time to move from a pandemic approach to a endemic. ”
However, Gianforte says the state will remain “agile” and ready to deploy additional resources if cases increase.
“So now, rather than going to max vax clinics, you are going to get your COVID shot from your doctor or the local pharmacy. The state will stop distributing PPE that will go through standard medical supply channels. Because the emergency is over and we can get back to normal. Now, we will remain agile, we will monitor this. Probably not every day, but definitely every week. And if there is a problem somewhere, we will tighten things up again. But we’re not going to go back to the unreasonable mandates that just didn’t work. We will have to learn to live with that. People with underlying conditions should continue to take the necessary precautions to protect their health. But the Montananese are certainly smart enough to do that.
During the interview, other topics were discussed including Keystone XL, the economy, the federal government’s 30 by 30 initiative, and agriculture.
Listen to the full interview below: