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Montana Governor Lifts State of Emergency for Coronavirus

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Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte smiles at Rep. Sharon Greef, R-Florence, during the signing of a bill in Helena, Mont. Monday, April 26, 2021. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana’s governor is lifting the state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic more than 15 months after it was imposed under his predecessor.

Wednesday’s move by Gov. Greg Gianforte comes as COVID-19 case rates continue to slowly drop in Montana. Almost half the state’s eligible residents are now fully vaccinated.

Broad public health mandates such as face mask requirements and occupancy limits for businesses were previously rescinded.

Other states also have lifted emergency declarations in recent days as the public health crisis eases.

The respiratory disease has caused at least 1,665 deaths in Montana.