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  • Northern radiologymoving on with scheduling in new normal

    Updated Jun 30, 2020

    Four years ago my wife and I moved our family to Havre from the Glasgow area. We have enjoyed getting to know the area and the members of this fine community. Recent events have only enforced our decision to become “Havre-ites”. We’re so proud of our community’s efforts during this pandemic. However, like most of you, we are also looking forward to a return to “normal.” Being able to go places, spend time with family, visit friends, and resume our favorite activities are at the top of our list! Here at NMHC our normal proc...

  • Leg Extension Exercise can be done whenever sitting down

    Updated Jun 30, 2020

    From Montana Office on Aging and Brilliant Aging Weeks of sedentary days can threaten your independence. Join us for simple activities you can do at home to support independence a resilience. Losing physical function was considered a normal part of aging, but now we know better. It's very common and predictable, but preventable! Build up your functional reserves of strength, mobility, and endurance to protect your independence. Daily activities such as lifting, carrying,...

  • Precautions for COVID based on evidence and data as we know it today

    Updated Jun 30, 2020

    MNA strongly encourages all Montana citizens wear facemasks to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. As COVID-19 spreads across the globe and cases continue to increase in Montana, the chances that you will be exposed and get sick continue to increase. When someone talks, coughs, or sneezes they may release droplets into the air that land on surfaces and can infect others. If someone is ill or is an asymptomatic carrier, a face mask can reduce the number of germs that the wearer releases and can protect other people from...

  • Reach and Squeeze helps back muscles

    Updated Jun 23, 2020

    From Montana Office on Aging and Brilliant Aging Proper posture and body alignment supports better balance, and it requires muscle balance between the chest and the back. Consider how many times a day you do something that contracts the chest muscles; things like picking something up, doing dishes, working on the computer, sitting or standing in poor posture. Each of these contractions shorten the muscles in front of the chest and lengthen the muscle in the upper back. Unless...

  • Statewide media campaign reminds Montanans to keep fighting COVID-19

    Updated Jun 19, 2020

    Press release The Department of Public Health and Human Services has launched a statewide media campaign to remind Montanans to continue taking the right steps to fight the spread of COVID-19, especially as the state opens up. The campaign, titled “Protect Public Health in the 406,” consists of television, radio, newspaper, digital and social media ads emphasizing personal responsibility and the behaviors needed to minimize transmission of the virus. There will also be signage on gas pumps and in gas stations and pha... Full story

  • Morrison presented Northern Montana Health Care Award

    Updated Jun 16, 2020

    Press release Northern Montana Health Care presented the C.A.R.E. Award to Jessica Morrison, a member of the patient access team at NMHC last week. Morrisona was nominated by one of her co-workers. Her nominator complimented Morrison on her professionalism. "Jessica is literally the first and last person that patients see when entering the Northern Montana Specialty Medical Center. She's kind and direct." said the nominator. "Jessica is a tremendous asset to our...

  • Biceps Curl can help maintain arm strength while having to stay home

    Updated Jun 9, 2020

    From Montana Office on Aging and Brilliant Aging Weeks of sedentary days can threaten your independence. Join us for simple activities you can do at home to support independence a resilience. Losing physical function was considered a normal part of aging, but now we know better. It's very common and predictable, but preventable. Build up your functional reserves of strength, mobility, and endurance to protect your independence. Daily activities such as lifting, carrying,...

  • NAMI Havre support groups open as of Monday

    Updated Jun 2, 2020

    Press release NAMI Havre announced its support group is open as of Monday. People with questions can call the office at 262-7653 and are asked to leave a message if NAMI Havre representatives can’t answer the phone at that time. The office, at the 305 Building Suite 213 at 305 Third Ave., is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A release says NAMI’s support groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. The groups are: • Free of cost...

  • Help reduce isolation during the pandemic

    Updated May 19, 2020

    Currently, we are faced with unprecedented disruptions to our lives and many people are feeling the negative effects of isolation and uncertainty. Many have been out of work for several weeks, some therapists and other health care providers have moved to telehealth, and we are bombarded daily by the news about infection and mortality rates. Montana’s rates have been relatively low, but people are still concerned. Calls to mental health crisis lines in Montana more than doubled in the weeks following the governor’s sta...

  • Montanans are being inconvenienced, not oppressed

    Updated May 6, 2020

    The World Health Organization extended COVID-19 pandemic as the effects of this virus still warrant a public health emergency of international concern. This is our reality and the Montana Nurses Association wants everyone to be as safe as possible. The safety and well-being of our children, families, and communities is paramount. Furthermore, the safety of our nurses, health care workers and every frontline worker must be valued as they work every day caring for us. MNA continues to support loosening guidelines with the...

  • MSU researcher examines animal origins of COVID-19

    Updated May 5, 2020

    By Reagan Colyer, MSU News Service BOZEMAN - For years, Montana State University researcher Raina Plowright's work has studied bats and the viruses they carry and spread. Now, with the emergence of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Plowright's research is timelier than ever. Plowright said the virus that causes COVID-19, called SARS-CoV-2, originated in bats and is the third coronavirus to move from bats to humans in two decades. She and collaborators in Australia, Bangladesh, G... Full story

  • MontanaPBS to livestream final COVID-19 special at 7 p.m.

    Updated Apr 30, 2020

    BOZEMAN - MontanaPBS will livestream the sixth and final installment of a broadcast special, "Answering Questions About Coronavirus," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. The program will be available to view on-air, online at http://montanapbs.org/live and on the MontanaPBS Facebook page. During the special program, host John Twiggs will talk via video conference with Dr. Greg Holzman, the state medical officer; Montana Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, head of the... Full story

  • NMHC celebrates National Health Care Volunteer Week

    Updated Apr 28, 2020

    Press release Northern Montana Health Care was proud to celebrate its volunteers during National Health Care Volunteer Week, April 19 through April 25. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened; the week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to get out and volunteer in their communities. Every April, charities, hospitals, and communities...

  • Northern Montana Health Care gives update on services

    Updated Apr 28, 2020

    Havre Daily News staff Following Gov. Steve Bullock’s announcement Wednesday of a phased loosening of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of novel coronavirus 2019, Northern Montana Health Care released the following update of its under Phase One of the state reopening: • Starting May 4, the Flu Clinic hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • People are asked to call 262-1570 to make an appointment. • Drive-ups are welcome — but appointments are appreciated. • People who need assistance with flu-like symptoms outside of...

  • How to protect yourself and others from novel coronavirus 2019

    Updated Apr 14, 2020

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given tips for people to use to help keep themselves from acquiring novel coronavirus 2019, the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC says people should: Know how it spreads • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 — COVID-19. • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. — Between people who are in close con... Full story

  • Alzheimer's Association offers tips for keeping people with dementia engaged during stay-at-home orders

    Updated Apr 14, 2020

    Press release The Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter has put out a press release saying finding ways to stay engaged and active during the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be challenging for many Montanans, but it can be particularly difficult for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. To help caregivers engage their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of tips and resources, with some listed below. More resources can be found on the associa... Full story

  • SAMHSA offers helpline for dealing with stress

    Updated Apr 14, 2020

    Press release The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reminded people it has a toll-free line people can call in times of stress like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides immediate crisis counseling to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic Natural disasters — including pandemics as such the coronavirus outbreak — can be overwhelming and also can seriously affect emotional health. The Disaster Distr... Full story

  • Just 20 seconds of your life

    Pam Burke|Updated Apr 7, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health recommend a thorough cleaning of your hands, repeatedly throughout the day, as well as avoiding touching your face to keep from getting COVID-19 by transferring the coronavirus from infected surfaces to your mouth, nose and eye - where the virus enters the body through mucous membranes. Any hand soap will work, because the virus is a simple structure made of a fat and protein sphere around some genetic coding ca... Full story

  • We can weather this storm if we do our part

    Updated Apr 1, 2020

    COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of our current health battles and plans. We have one documented case of COVID-19 in Havre, but almost assuredly there are more. We still do not have the testing capabilities to test everyone with symptoms. Our Flu Clinic continues to provide services for people with acute illnesses and provide appropriate screening for COVID-19. This allows semi-normal operations for our ambulatory clinics. We continue to manage and see those who are... Full story

  • HHS funds clinical trial for potential COVID-19 treatment

    Updated Mar 24, 2020

    Press release An antibody medicine being evaluated to treat severe cases of novel coronavirus 2019 will receive additional support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response under an existing partnership with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of Tarrytown, New York. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority within ASPR will provide support for a U.S. Phase 2/3 clinical trial to evaluate Kevzara as a potential treatment for severely ill C... Full story

  • Choose success in 2020, call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line

    Updated Jan 7, 2020

    From HELP Committee Every year, thousands of Montanans look at the New Year as an opportunity to make positive life changes. For Montanans who use tobacco, quitting tobacco is one of the best things they can do for their health. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line and American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line are free services available to all Montanans and are here to help anyone quit tobacco. People can choose the service that is right for them. My Life, My Quit: New Youth Quit Program • Five free coaching sessions either b...

  • Health department employees continue to better themselves for the community

    Updated Dec 17, 2019

    Hill County Health Department employees work hard to provide quality public health services to all of Hill County. If we are doing a good job, the effort often goes unnoticed because the majority of work done is preventing issues from occurring in our community. The constant surveillance of communicable diseases, investigations, inspections and prevention of these diseases spreading throughout the community is just one example of what is done on a day to day basis in our...

  • Attorney general encourages participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Updated Oct 23, 2019

    Note: This is from the Office of the Montana Attorney General HELENA — Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Montanans are invited to bring their unwanted prescription medications for no-questions-asked disposal at one of 26 participating collections sites across the state. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Montana is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Montana Department of Justice, and local and tribal law enforcement agencies. “Take Back Day offers a safe and easy way for each of...

  • People warned they could get a penalty if they don't enroll in Medicare Part D

    Updated Oct 8, 2019

    Staff and wire report With Medicare open enrollment underway, people are being warned that if they skip enrolling in the prescription drug coverage, Medicare Part D, enrolling in it later can cause significant penalty fees. The Medicare website says the late enrollment penalty is an amount added to someone’s Medicare Part D monthly premium. People may owe a late enrollment penalty if, for any continuous period of 63 days or more after the Initial Enrollment Period is over, they go without one of these: • A Medicare Pre...

  • DPHHS reminds Montanans about food preparation safety

    Updated Oct 8, 2019

    From Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans about ways to stay healthy when preparing and consuming food. So far in 2019, 25 gastrointestinal illness outbreaks have been reported in Montana in numerous counties. Eighteen of these were caused by or suspected to be norovirus. A small Salmonella outbreak occurred in Missoula county earlier this year as well, although a source could never be determined. In 2018, 30 Montanans were sickened by...

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