HELENA — There were 1,191 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Montana on Friday, and the statewide death toll reached 754, according to data compiled by MTN News during a 24-hour period.
Five additional COVID-19 deaths were reported, with one each in Phillips, Park, Missoula, Ravalli and Lake counties.
Newly confirmed active cases were recorded in Flathead, Granite, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Powell and Ravalli counties.
There are currently 15,952 active cases in the state, and there has been a cumulative total of 66,796 cases of the virus in Montana, MTN News reports. Of the total cases, 50,090 have recovered.
There are currently 483 people hospitalized, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 2,810.
The number of tests performed in the state has reached 675,262, an increase of 6,181 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.
The numbers reported by MTN reflect the latest data from the Montana COVID website, along with supplemental data received from county health departments.
TOTAL/NEW/ACTIVE CASES (state data)
- Lewis and Clark County Cases: 3,272 Total | 175 New | 1,614 Active
- Flathead County Cases: 7,263 Total | 160 New | 2,096 Active
- Missoula County Cases: 5,062 Total | 148 New | 1,164 Active
- Cascade County Cases: 5,386 Total | 113 New | 2,346 Active
- Gallatin County Cases: 7,795 Total | 111 New | 521 Active
- Silver Bow County Cases: 2,387 Total | 92 New | 569 Active
- Yellowstone County Cases: 11,466 Total | 88 New | 4,877 Active
- Ravalli County Cases: 1,679 Total | 63 New | 517 Active
- Park County Cases: 701 Total | 27 New | 161 Active
- Dawson County Cases: 708 Total | 24 New | 74 Active
- Custer County Cases: 787 Total | 23 New | 90 Active
- Big Horn County Cases: 1,862 Total | 22 New | 205 Active
- Lincoln County Cases: 811 Total | 22 New | 161 Active
- Jefferson County Cases: 540 Total | 19 New | 101 Active
- Lake County Cases: 1,140 Total | 14 New | 174 Active
- Prairie County Cases: 115 Total | 14 New | 27 Active
- Hill County Cases: 1,402 Total | 13 New | 155 Active
- Toole County Cases: 629 Total | 12 New | 37 Active
- Phillips County Cases: 321 Total | 11 New | 62 Active
- Teton County Cases: 233 Total | 10 New | 49 Active
- Pondera County Cases: 328 Total | 9 New | 37 Active
- Sweet Grass County Cases: 275 Total | 9 New | 29 Active
- Carbon County Cases: 613 Total | 8 New | 38 Active
- Fergus County Cases: 682 Total | 8 New | 140 Active
- Glacier County Cases: 1,190 Total | 8 New | 31 Active
- Broadwater County Cases: 213 Total | 7 New | 52 Active
- Deer Lodge County Cases: 757 Total | 6 New | 42 Active
- Stillwater County Cases: 458 Total | 6 New | 96 Active
- Powell County Cases: 724 Total | 4 New | 124 Active
- Sheridan County Cases: 304 Total | 4 New | 33 Active
- Mineral County Cases: 82 Total | 3 New | 27 Active
- Rosebud County Cases: 902 Total | 3 New | 35 Active
- Treasure County Cases: 35 Total | 3 New | 7 Active
- Carter County Cases: 123 Total | 2 New | 12 Active
- Daniels County Cases: 126 Total | 2 New | 22 Active
- Granite County Cases: 136 Total | 2 New | 23 Active
- Liberty County Cases: 96 Total | 2 New | 20 Active
- Madison County Cases: 427 Total | 2 New | 29 Active
- Beaverhead County Cases: 594 Total | 1 New | 41 Active
- Fallon County Cases: 252 Total | 1 New | 17 Active
- Richland County Cases: 716 Total | 1 New | 316 Active
- Roosevelt County Cases: 1,264 Total | 1 New | 77 Active
- Valley County Cases: 585 Total | 1 New | 56 Active
NOTE: The disparity between state data from the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local data from county health departments continues to grow as COVID-19 cases escalate in Montana. MTN has decided to use a combination of these sources to deliver more accurate information across all media platforms. Local county health departments may be alerted to cases before DPHHS. As those counties share that information with the public, MTN feels it should be reflected in our reporting. Using that local data means there will be times when MTN coronavirus data does not align with the state report. Click here for the Montana COVID site.
RESTRICTIONS: Tighter statewide restrictions went into effect on Nov. 20 due to the continuing increase in the number of cases and deaths. Masks will be required in all counties regardless of the number of active cases. Capacity at restaurants, bars, and casinos will be reduced to 50%, with a limit of six people per table. The businesses must close by 10 p.m. Public gatherings will also be limited to 25 people where social distancing is not possible. Click here to read the full text of the directive.
CONTEXT: Not every person who tests positive actually becomes ill or exhibits symptoms. Many do not; of those who do become sick, some experience mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization. Others, however, do require hospitalization, as noted in the daily update on the number of people hospitalized. However, every person who tests positive for COVID-19 has the potential to spread the virus to other people, including family members and friends, which is why public health officials continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask and maintain at least the recommended six feet of "social distance" when in public. The CDC released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or chronic medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more.
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