Montana COVID update (Wednesday, June 23)

Posted at 10:14 AM, Jun 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-23 12:24:14-04

GREAT FALLS — There were 63 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday in Montana, and the pandemic death toll in the state stands at 1,657, 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 reported to be 421,600, or about 46% of the state population. The total number of doses administered is 854,738.

State health officials reported there have been 113,403 cumulative cases in Montana. The number of recoveries is reported to be 111,324. There are currently 422 active cases reported across the state, a decrease of nine since yesterday.

The total number of COVID tests administered in Montana was 1,433,567, an increase of 2,193 tests during the reporting period.

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID is 56, an increase of three since yesterday; the cumulative number of hospitalizations due to the virus is 5,475, according to state health officials.

The 63 new cases reported on Wednesday were in the following counties:

  • Yellowstone County Cases: 17,975 Total | 18 New | 118 Active
  • Cascade County Cases: 9,460 Total | 9 New | 78 Active
  • Lewis & Clark County Cases: 7,044 Total | 7 New | 23 Active
  • Flathead County Cases: 12,404 Total | 4 New | 43 Active
  • Missoula County Cases: 9,348 Total | 4 New | 34 Active
  • Ravalli County Cases: 3,251 Total | 4 New | 9 Active
  • Powder River County Cases: 130 Total | 3 New | 4 Active
  • Silver Bow County Cases: 4,157 Total | 3 New | 14 Active
  • Beaverhead County Cases: 925 Total | 2 New | 3 Active
  • Big Horn County Cases: 2,586 Total | 1 New | 5 Active
  • Broadwater County Cases: 522 Total | 1 New | 5 Active
  • Deer Lodge County Cases: 1,125 Total | 1 New | 2 Active
  • Gallatin County Cases: 14,903 Total | 1 New | 9 Active
  • Glacier County Cases: 1,547 Total | 1 New | 0 Active
  • Lake County Cases: 2,134 Total | 1 New | 6 Active
  • Lincoln County Cases: 1,644 Total | 1 New | 8 Active
  • Mineral County Cases: 291 Total | 1 New | 12 Active
  • Powell County Cases: 936 Total | 1 New | 1 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DPHHS transitioned in early June to weekday-only reporting of COVID and vaccination data, and the state website is no longer updated on weekends.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.

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.