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A year of COVID-19 controversies


Last updated 12/30/2021 at 12:13pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Shawn Rettig receives his first series of the COVID-19 vaccine in January. Despite vaccinations being available since January and to all adults a few months later and to everyone 5 and older since October, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 continue around the world and the latest surge is starting to hit Montana.

Despite the hopes of public health, government officials at every level and just about everyone else, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and, for the second year in a row, was the biggest story in the region and around the globe.

The virus, despite efforts on the part of public health to vaccinate as many people as possible, killed almost as many people this year as last year in Hill County, and hospitalized dozens locally, but beyond the direct impact of the virus, it and the response to it was the cause of a number of local controversies, almost all having to do with masks.

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