There were 11 new COVID-19 cases across the state on Friday, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map.
Gallatin County, Rosebud County, and Lewis & Clark County each added two new cases, and there was one new case in both Carbon County and Custer County.
There are now 100 active COVID-19 cases across the state, and nine people are currently hospitalized.
There has been a cumulative total of 666 cases statewide, according to state health officials. There have been 546 patients that have recovered. MTN is reporting one fewer total case and one fewer recovered case due to a case in Jefferson County that local health authorities report involved a patient who was not in the state.
The number of tests stands at 68,422, an increase of 1,552 since the previous 24-hour reporting period.
The number of deaths remains at 20. There have been six deaths in Toole County, three in Yellowstone County, two in Cascade County, and two in Flathead County. The other deaths have been reported in Big Horn, Gallatin, Lincoln, Madison, and Missoula counties.
There are now three active cases in Cascade County; the City-County Health Department in Great Falls says that two of the cases confirmed over the weekend were likely community-acquired, and not due to travel; they have not announced whether the new case - a man in his 60s - is travel-related or community-acquired. The CCHD also addressed community concerns about the lack of details provided to the public regarding COVID-19 patients - click here to read the complete article.
Custer County health officials said Thursday they are "strongly recommending" the county return to phase one of the governor's reopening plan for two weeks because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Custer County has 15 active cases of COVID-19, the second most in the state, and 19 total confirmed cases. Moving back to phase one mean reducing capacity in bars and restaurants back to 50 percent, reducing the size of larger gathering, including athletic and community events and assemblies, and other restrictions.
The Custer County Board of Health and the health officer also said in a news release that the Montana National Guard will be in the area Friday and Saturday to run free drive-through testing at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.
Gender and Age of New Cases
|Lewis and Clark||F||20-29|
|Lewis and Clark||M||60-69|