Gianforte, Cooney Set Priorities For Health Amid Pandemic, Details Few

It’s less than two weeks before election day and Montana on Thursday again set a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day with more than 900. Whoever is elected as Montana’s next governor will inherit oversight of the state’s response to the pandemic. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nicky Ouellet and Rachel Cramer discuss what the candidates are and aren’t saying about how they’d handle the public health crisis.

Nicky Ouellet: Current Gov. Steve Bullock flexed executive emergency powers in March when he issued a stay home order to curb the spread of COVID-19. He’s also mandated face coverings, restricted crowd sizes, ordered a phased reopening plan for businesses, though he’s turned to counties to do the bulk of the enforcement work on those.