The outspoken actress also expressed concern for the nurses treating her sister, who has lupus and isn’t doing well, and her sister’s husband, Bruce, who is in the same COVID-19 ward. The nurses treating them can’t get tested because they don’t have tests, she said.
“The stress, the strain, the exhaustion that’s happening in that hospital is met with a conflict around the courthouse where people are carrying guns and saying that it’s their freedom not to have to wear a mask,” Stone said.
On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock told local reporters in a press call to discuss the state’s budget and fire season, that a laboratory at Montana State University’s campus in Bozeman is up and running and processed 1,200 tests between Friday and Saturday.
That lab will run an average of 500 tests a day. Bullock said the state continues “to be pleased with MAKO,” a contract lab in North Carolina that is turning around tests within a few days. The state had struggled when its previous contract lab, Quest Diagnostics, said it had a backlog of Montanan tests that reached about 7,000. That backlog has been worked through and the state is no longer sending tests to Quest.
There have been protests in Montana from people who are opposed to the mask mandate Bullock issued in July, as well as previous protests about a stay-at-home order issued this spring that expired in April.