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Who - and why - Montana tests for COVID-19

HELENA - Jim Murphy, Montana's chief epidemiologist, has heard the same stories most everyone in the state has heard about residents who've made unsuccessful attempts to get themselves tested for COVID-19. But even as national headlines worry over testing backlogs in some parts of the country, he says testing constraints haven't hampered Montana's coronavirus response.

"I'm not aware of what I would consider valid access issues," Murphy said in an April 7 interview. "I think the providers in Montana are testing the right people."

That distinction - targeting sometimes-scarce test kits for the...

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