There are conflicting reports regarding coronavirus in Montana. At the outset, Montana Daily Gazette must emphasize that most press reports indicate there are no known or confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montana. However, the official map by the Centers for Disease Control indicates otherwise. This leaves some Montanans asking the question, “What does the CDC know that we don’t?”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It was founded in 1946 to deal with the outbreak of malaria and it remains the most prominent and important component of the United State’s war on disease. It is currently heading up Trump Administration efforts to “quarantine and mitigate” the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the United States.
And according to the CDC, there is “1 to 5 cases” of coronavirus in the Big Sky State. See the map (below):
The CDC website says below, “Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC.”
What’s the reason for the discrepancy between the CDC reporting and the reporting of local press outlets? It is likely that Montana’s newspapers are relying upon reporting from local medical centers. These medical centers are possibly under mandate to not speak to the press until given permission to do so. However, the hospitals are reporting to the CDC, who has placed Montana on the list of states with coronavirus.
Very likely, the CDC report of coronavirus in Montana – still unreported by state news outlets – was the reason why Governor Bullock declared a state of emergency yesterday.