MISSOULA, Mont. — The Montana Nurses Association is responding to the state's emergency rule that emphasizes parents' rights to mask children.
The Nurses Association's letter says the emergency rule from the Department of Health and Human Services is filled with “junk science.”
They say they don't intend to pursue legal action because they believe it has no legal authority.
This morning the Missoula City-County Health Department said they are in full support of the letter.
“We wanted to make sure that we got it out on social media, and I believe they are posting it on the website as well, just because we want people to have an actual, valid source for getting the real information and why the things that were cited in that order were not correct,” Cindy Farr, the Missoula City-County Health Department COVID-19 incident commander, said.
Farr went on to say that this situation puts health departments in a difficult situation by having to explain to the public why their guidance differs from that of a state entity.
We reached out to the Office of Gov. Gianforte and they sent us the following response:
"The governor’s office engages directly with constructive stakeholders who are honest brokers, not through press releases or media gimmicks."