The Montana COVID-19 response map has a new look.
State officials announced Monday that the site will be undergoing cosmetic and technical changes. As part of these changes, the map will go from updating twice a day at 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to once a day between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. This change is being made to allow the staff of the Montana Public Health Lab to prioritize processing an increasing number of tests while still providing timely updates to the public.
The cosmetic changes to the map will involve reformatting the page and providing a mobile-friendly version.
The technical changes include automatically posting HIPAA-compliant COVID patient data so that researchers, journalists and interested members of the public are able to have access to more detailed information than is presented on the general map, such as numbers of recovered patients.