CNBC: From chew toys to medical masks: Montana’s hardest hit county fights back against coronavirus

Searle owns and operates Montana Bunkhouses, a company that connects travelers with hands-on ranch vacations, but after seeing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on health-care workers in other cities, she put her hospitality business on hold to launch a grassroots mask-making effort.

MT Standard: Montana businesses have tapped $500M from Paycheck Protection Program so far

Montana banks have issued roughly $500 million in the paycheck protection loans to the small businesses since the federal program rolled out five days ago. Interest in the newly created, $349-billion program has been high in Montana as businesses look for way retain employees, rather than sent them to the unemployment line.

NBC Montana: Distillery and veterans partner to make hand sanitizer

One local distillery is working with organizations from Montana to produce not only whiskey and gin but now also hand sanitizer to those on the front lines.

Daily Inter Lake: Volunteers making gowns for hospital

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, volunteers are sewing isolation gowns for North Valley Hospital. An isolation gown is typically a disposable paper gown that healthcare staff such as doctors and nurses wear when attending to a contagious patient.

Missoula Current: Montana companies tap unique resources to help during COVID pandemic

While there’s no official count on the collective effort so far, some of the region’s largest companies have stepped in to help, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, which is contributing $1 million to support healthcare across the state in response to the pandemic.

Billings Gazette: As Paycheck Protection Programs start, Billings coffee kiosk owner snags first one in Montana

What that means is her 50 employees will continue to get paid for the next eight weeks. Her crew will likely still be intact as Montana emerges from a deep economic decline.

Montana Standard: Montana Tech donates medical masks, equipment to St. James

Montana Tech is donating hospital beds, medical equipment and personal protective equipment to St. James Healthcare to help those on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

KRTV: Fort Benton coffee house brews up help for others during COVID-19 restrictions

The shop has a ‘pay it forward’ fund for those who could use a helping hand, and employees are also donating all their tips to fellow workers without a job right now.

Explore Big Sky: Distilleries convert booze to hand sanitizer

Instead, Harris wanted to know if Big Sky needed hand sanitizer, a product in high demand during this COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Haas, owner of Haas Builders in Big Sky and founder of the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, jumped at the offer.

Montana Standard: Butte crafters mobilize to help health workers, emergency service providers

With volunteers across the nation forming sewing groups, a Butte woman has created a Facebook group to rally locals with sewing talents to make face masks.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman area businesses making medical gowns, masks for hospital

Simms, which delivered its first batch of reusable gowns on Friday, is one of several local businesses designing and manufacturing personal protective equipment in the face of a nationwide shortage stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Montana Public Radio: Volunteers Sew, 3D Print Masks To Meet Montana Need

Montanans are helping solve the problem of critical shortages of medical masks as coronavirus continues to spread. Sewing machines and 3D printers and lots of volunteers are making reusable masks to protect healthcare workers from the novel coronavirus.

Espresso Kiosk Company, Mountain Mudd Receives Loan From  Paycheck Protection Program

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