COVID-19: Daily Podcast for March 19

Staff writers Maggie Dresser and Justin Franz discuss how businesses are being impacted

By Andy Viano
The Great Northern Bar and Grill is empty on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2020. Restaurants, bars and other eateries around Whitefish have either closed or have switched to take-out or delivery only as a measure to mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus, as seen on March 17, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

The Flathead Beacon is producing a daily podcast to recap each day’s news regarding the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana and specifically in the Flathead Valley.

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In today’s episode, Staff Writer Maggie Dresser joined the show to talk about how the small business community is coping, then Justin Franz rejoins the show to discuss today’s news that Flathead County is closing restaurants, bars and a number of other businesses to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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The music in this this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod ( and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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