Montana governor lifts COVID-19 state of emergency

 Montana governor lifts COVID-19 state of emergency
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Montana Gov. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteBipartisan governors press Biden administration on Canadian border restrictions Overnight Energy: Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections | Biden to return to pre-Obama water protections | Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires MORE (R) announced on Wednesday he would end the coronavirus state of emergency, in part citing a decline in hospitalizations amid the state's vaccination efforts. 

There has been an average of 50 new coronavirus cases in the state per day with almost half of the residents fully vaccinated, The Associated Press reported.

“Montanans can be proud of the work they’ve done to overcome this pandemic and take care of themselves and each other. Working together, we have come through this stronger on the other side,” Gianforte said.

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“Of course if there was new data, we would take different action,” Gianforte said about the concern over the Delta variant. “But I’m pleased to report to Montanans that as of today we’ve rescinded the emergency order and we’re back to normal.” 

A mask mandate and occupancy limits has already been lifted in the state with half the state's eligible residents already fully vaccinated, AP reported.

 

In other parts of the west, Los Angeles County reversed its mask policy since the Delta variant has become prevalent in the U.S., now requiring even fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors.

But Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyIt's time we recognize our mutual vulnerability Vaccine boosters: Why the US should listen to Israel Overnight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban MORE said it is unnecessary to reimplement a mask policy for fully vaccinated people since the vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant.