Montana COVID-19 case numbers update - June 26

State records 22nd COVID-19 death
Posted at 10:00 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 21:19:53-04

HELENA — Montana state health officials reported 29 additional COVID-19 cases -- as well as an additional death -- on Friday morning.

The state is reporting one new COVID-19 related death bringing the state total to 22. The latest death is being attributed to a case connected to Rosebud County.

The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map shows the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Treasure State is now at 829.

Friday's data shows the total number of cases in the state now stands at 828.

The state tracking map is reporting 829 cases because of a case is attributed to Jefferson County. Local health officials have said that the case was not acquired in Montana and the man has not been in contact with anyone in the state.

Several counties are reporting additional cases including Ravalli -- where community spread of COVID-19 is being reported.

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The new cases come one day after the state recorded its highest single-day increase on Thursday of 37 new cases.

To date, 588 Montana residents have recovered from COVID-19. There are currently 14 people hospitalized and a total of 80,161 tests have been completed, according to the state tracking map.

There are currently 219 active COVID-19 cases. There have been 22 COVID-19 related deaths to date in the Treasure State.

* It should be noted that local health departments often learn about results from private labs and updates their numbers before the state of Montana does, Additionally, there may also be differences in reporting criteria, so the local numbers may differ from those that appear on the Montana COVID-19 tracking map.

Total Confirmed Cases and New Daily Cases by County

  • Gallatin County: 231 Total Cases | 9 New Cases
  • Yellowstone County: 144 Total Cases | 6 New Cases
  • Missoula County: 63 Total Cases | 5 New Cases
  • Ravalli County: 22 Total Cases | 4 New Cases
  • Big Horn County: 72 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
  • Flathead County: 52 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
  • Richland County: 10 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
  • Roosevelt County: 8 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
  • Beaverhead County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Broadwater County: 5 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Carbon County: 17 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Cascade County: 26 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Custer County: 25 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Dawson County: 8 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Deer Lodge County: 3 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Fergus County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Glacier County: 7 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Golden Valley County: 3 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Granite County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Hill County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Jefferson County: 3 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Lake County: 12 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Lewis and Clark County: 24 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Liberty County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Lincoln County: 7 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Madison County: 8 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Meagher County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Musselshell County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Park County: 8 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Pondera County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Rosebud County: 9 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Silver Bow County: 13 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Stillwater County: 4 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Toole County: 31 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Treasure County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Valley County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
  • Wheatland County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases

More personal contact among people, as the state economy reopens, and more available testing has contributed to new COVID-19 cases hitting their second-highest weekly total in Montana, state health officials report.

Although Montana has seen one of its biggest spikes in new COVID-19 recently, the Treasure State still has one of the lowest infection rate of any state in the lower 48 states.

Gov. Bullock also announced on June 4 that Montana will be expanding COVID-19 relief grant opportunities to help small businesses, local governments and help get more Montana meat to people’s tables.

Montana moved to "phase two" of Gov. Bullock's "Reopening The Big Sky" plan on Monday, June 1. Bullock noted that Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita in the nation.

Bullock outlined the following indicators which prompted him - in consultation with public health officials and disaster response personnel - to move into Phase Two beginning on June 1:

  • A downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.
  • The current ability to contact and trace, along with plans to add additional contact tracers to the existing workforce.
  • Ensuring that health care workers have the supplies they need to treat COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.
  • Ramping up testing capacity to eventually meet a target of 60,000 tests a month and prioritizing testing for vulnerable Montanans and tribal communities. A total of 5,600 tests were conducted last week. Increased testing continues with sentinel testing efforts in nursing homes and assisting living facilities, testing events in tribal areas, and drive through testing being conducted at a few sites.

Here are some of the highlights of phase two:

  • Avoid gatherings in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing. Groups larger than 50 people should be canceled unless physical distancing can be maintained. It is recommended to continue to social distance in gatherings of any size.
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos remains in the same operations status as Phase One, but with an increase to 75% capacity.
  • Gyms, indoor group fitness classes, pool, and hot tubs can operate at 75% capacity and only if they can adhere to strict physical distancing and they exercise frequent sanitation protocols.
  • Concert halls, bowling alleys, and other places of assembly may operate with reduced capacity and if they adhere to strict physical distancing guidelines.
  • All businesses are required to follow the social distancing and sanitation guidelines established in Phase One, and Montanans are strongly encouraged to continue sanitation practices, including hand washing and wearing masks in public places like grocery stores.

We know the COVID-19 pandemic is changing our community. To keep you and your family informed as we move forward, we're beginning a new series of reports. They are stories that will help all of us navigate through these uncertain times. In the coming weeks and months, we'll be focusing on “The Rebound: Montana.”

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