Montana COVID update (Friday, July 2)

Posted at 10:12 AM, Jul 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 12:33:36-04

GREAT FALLS — There were 56 new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday in Montana, and the pandemic death toll remains at 1,666, according to the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS).

The number of state residents who have been fully immunized against the virus is now 428,493 (about 46% of the state population).

The total number of doses administered is 866,000. If you want to get vaccinated, contact your county health department, or click here.

State health officials reported there have been 113,873 cumulative cases in Montana. The number of recoveries is now 111,821.

There are currently 386 active cases reported across the state.

The total number of COVID tests administered in Montana is 1,447,921, an increase of 1,687 tests during the reporting period.

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID is 56, up five from yesterday; the cumulative number of hospitalizations due to the virus is 5,518.

The new cases reported on Friday were in the following counties:

  • Flathead County Cases: 12,466 Total | 13 New | 55 Active
  • Yellowstone County Cases: 18,093 Total | 10 New | 115 Active
  • Cascade County Cases: 9,524 Total | 6 New | 38 Active
  • Missoula County Cases: 9,383 Total | 6 New | 32 Active
  • Blaine County Cases: 823 Total | 3 New | 8 Active
  • Hill County Cases: 2,037 Total | 3 New | 6 Active
  • Deer Lodge County Cases: 1,128 Total | 2 New | 2 Active
  • Park County Cases: 1,463 Total | 2 New | 9 Active
  • Sanders County Cases: 678 Total | 2 New | 4 Active
  • Carbon County Cases: 915 Total | 1 New | 8 Active
  • Custer County Cases: 1,208 Total | 1 New | 2 Active
  • Dawson County Cases: 1,107 Total | 1 New | 5 Active
  • Gallatin County Cases: 14,922 Total | 1 New | 12 Active
  • Lewis & Clark County Cases: 7,069 Total | 1 New | 18 Active
  • Powder River County Cases: 135 Total | 1 New | 4 Active
  • Powell County Cases: 941 Total | 1 New | 6 Active
  • Silver Bow County Cases: 4,167 Total | 1 New | 6 Active
  • Toole County Cases: 729 Total | 1 New | 2 Active

DPHHS transitioned in early June to weekday-only reporting of COVID and vaccination data, and the state website is no longer updated on weekends. As a result of this change, Montanans can expect the numbers reported on Monday to be larger given that day will include weekend numbers. Due to data reconciliation efforts, case reports may be reclassified as they are reviewed. This may change case counts for jurisdictions.

As of July 5th, MTN News will no longer post daily Covid updates, due to the continuing decline in cases and increase in vaccinations. We will now be posting weekly updates on Fridays. People can visit the DPHHS website at any time for current state data.

NOTE: Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, MTN News made every effort to report local data, when available, in lieu of the statewide report furnished each day. County health departments were able to share data with the public faster than the state in certain instances. We believed that compiling this data along with that of the state was the best way to provide the most current look at the public health status in each of our communities.

With continued vaccinations and a continuing decrease in daily cases, state data has started to align more closely with local reports. Several major jurisdictions stopped providing their own updates and now funnel all of their data through the state website. Based on these factors, MTN News has decided that effective June 1, 2021, our COVID-19 reports will rely on data from the DPHHS website.

After several weeks of monitoring, the active case rate reported by the state closely aligns with that seen by departments that still report their own numbers. We believe that this information provides an accurate snapshot in each part of Montana. We'll continue to monitor data and if there is a need to add local information back into our reporting we will do so.