Montana Governor Visit

The Poplar COVID-19 testing site workers and patients received a surprise visit from the Governor of Montana.

Steve Bullock made a brief stopover at the Poplar COVID-19 examination site Wednesday, June 3, 2020. According to the governor’s office, Bullock went to ensure health officials continue giving care to anyone who may have COVID-19 symptoms.

“Thank you for partnering with the state to combat COVID-19 in your community and all of Montana.” Bullock said in a statement on his official Twitter page. “It is efforts like these that help to keep the virus contained.”

The COVID-19 testing is a two day endeavor with collaborating local, tribal, and state officials to test as many as possible for the virus. This includes the Tribes, Northeast Montana Health Services, and the Montana National Guard.

The tests, which take 10 days for results, consists of a nose swab and it’s sent to a laboratory and examined for the virus.

This test only tells if the person has the virus. Other tests, which have been under scrutiny for a lack of accuracy, search for anti-bodies.

Bullock’s visit came during the first round of COVID-19 testing on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Bullock has been checking in with communities across the state during the pandemic, looking for ways to augment surveillance drive-thru testing and institute care framework.

Bullock’s visit also comes when another person in Yellowstone County died from COVID-19, bringing the state death toll from COVID-19 to 17 people.

By Louis H. Montclair

A journalist on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Owner of