The State of Montana released updated COVID-19 case information on Friday afternoon. This article has been updated to reflect the new data.
Newly released state numbers show an additional 1,214 additional COVID-19 cases are being reported on Friday in Montana.
Newly confirmed cases are being reported in Flathead, Granite, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders counties.
Overall, the highest number of newly reported cases are being seen in Silver Bow, Gallatin, Flathead, Cascade, Lewis and Clark, Missoula and Yellowstone counties.
The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map shows the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Treasure State is now at 44,244.
To date, 25,389 Montana residents have recovered from COVID-19. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Montana stands 18,378 -- up from 17,755 reported on Thursday.
There are currently 492 people hospitalized for COVID 19 in Montana, down from the 499 reported on Thursday.
A total of 566,544 tests have been completed, according to the state tracking map.
The cumulative number of deaths in Montana has risen from 472 to 477 according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map.
Statistics compiled by MTN News from local health department show a total of 510 COVID-19 related deaths in Montana.
MTN numbers also show a total of 45,033 cases, 15,837 active cases and 28,686 recoveries.
*Numbers reported by the state each day occasionally differ from those reported by county public health departments due to periodic lag times in reporting data to the state.
Total Confirmed, New Daily, Active Cases by County
- Silver Bow County Cases: 1,021 Total | 171 New | 485 Active
- Gallatin County Cases: 5,227 Total | 126 New | 1,863 Active
- Flathead County Cases: 4,780 Total | 121 New | 1,570 Active
- Cascade County Cases: 3,003 Total | 119 New | 1,949 Active
- Lewis and Clark County Cases: 1,649 Total | 96 New | 1,340 Active
- Missoula County Cases: 3,346 Total | 82 New | 1,695 Active
- Yellowstone County Cases: 8,637 Total | 71 New | 4,205 Active
- Beaverhead County Cases: 412 Total | 58 New | 91 Active
- Custer County Cases: 499 Total | 49 New | 156 Active
- Fergus County Cases: 377 Total | 34 New | 144 Active
- Lincoln County Cases: 517 Total | 29 New | 226 Active
- Dawson County Cases: 415 Total | 26 New | 100 Active
- Blaine County Cases: 455 Total | 22 New | 185 Active
- Carbon County Cases: 439 Total | 22 New | 108 Active
- Sheridan County Cases: 190 Total | 18 New | 94 Active
- Jefferson County Cases: 280 Total | 17 New | 159 Active
- Hill County Cases: 1,094 Total | 16 New | 443 Active
- Madison County Cases: 297 Total | 15 New | 68 Active
- Lake County Cases: 770 Total | 13 New | 323 Active
- Pondera County Cases: 217 Total | 13 New | 36 Active
- Ravalli County Cases: 744 Total | 13 New | 460 Active
- Fallon County Cases: 148 Total | 11 New | 87 Active
- Sanders County Cases: 154 Total | 10 New | 51 Active
- Roosevelt County Cases: 1,100 Total | 9 New | 405 Active
- Glacier County Cases: 1,095 Total | 7 New | 191 Active
- Prairie County Cases: 44 Total | 7 New | 11 Active
- Granite County Cases: 92 Total | 6 New | 52 Active
- Rosebud County Cases: 917 Total | 6 New | 155 Active
- Daniels County Cases: 66 Total | 5 New | 14 Active
- Deer Lodge County Cases: 580 Total | 5 New | 82 Active
- Park County Cases: 399 Total | 5 New | 190 Active
- Broadwater County Cases: 129 Total | 3 New | 27 Active
- Chouteau County Cases: 177 Total | 2 New | 93 Active
- Garfield County Cases: 43 Total | 2 New | 11 Active
- Big Horn County Cases: 1,578 Total | 1 New | 373 Active
- Judith Basin County Cases: 30 Total | 1 New | 12 Active
- McCone County Cases: 74 Total | 1 New | 1 Active
- Meagher County Cases: 98 Total | 1 New | 7 Active
- Petroleum County Cases: 5 Total | 1 New | 2 Active
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 federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or underlying medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more. The CDC also recently released an update to their research into fatality rates associated with COVID-19. A summary of COVID-19 survival rates is shown below; the summary is one of five based on several scenarios. The CDC data and scenarios can be found here.
Missoula County officials announced tighter COVID-19 restrictions on Oct. 27 due to a continued surge in cases. The new rules take effect at 8 a.m. on Oct. 29 and will be reassessed on Nov. 12. Business capacity will be limited to 50%, group sizes will be reduced to 25, and alcohol service at bars will end at 10 p.m.
Gov. Steve Bullock discussed measures that can be taken to make sure that more businesses comply with COVID-19 related health orders on Oct. 22, saying both state and federal resources are being provided to assist counties that need help enforcing mandates.
Gov. Bullock ordered all Montana public and private school buildings to require face masks, in counties with four or more active COVID-19 cases on Aug. 12. He added that “encouraging” face masks at re-opened schools won’t be enough.
Gov. Bullock 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.
Gov. 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.
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