On Tuesday, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte appeared on KGVO’s Talk Back show and he shared his thoughts about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I trust Montanans with their health and the health of their families,” Gianforte said. “I consulted with my doctor and I got vaccinated. Nine out of ten people going into the hospital right now have not been vaccinated. I believe these vaccines are safe and effective. I would encourage people to talk to their medical professional, pharmacist, or doctor about getting one. But with that being said, we have to respect personal liberties. I think the role of government is the educate and communicate, but not to mandate.”
According to Missoula City County Health Officer D’Shane Barnett, state legislators are responsible for exacerbating the pandemic’s effects across the state. However, Gianforte said the state is taking action.
“We have been deploying national guardsmen and women to help with the hospitals,” Gianforte said. “We have had a number of requests. We have fulfilled a number of those and we have more in the process. I just recently issued an emergency order to help ease the strain on hospital capacity. This virus is serious and we need to take it seriously.