COVID-19 in Montana (Sunday, May 31)

COVID-19 in Montana (Sunday, May 31)
COVID-19 in Montana (Sunday, May 31)
Posted at 10:04 AM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 12:29:45-04

Montana added 10 cases of COVID-19 to the state's total on Sunday, bringing the cumulative number to 514, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map.

Sunday's total includes several cases that were reported by counties after the state's Saturday morning update. The data is updated once per day by 10 a.m.

MTN News is counting 514 total cases. The state's confirmed case count is 515, which includes a Jefferson County resident who reportedly has not been in Montana for several weeks, did not acquire COVID-19 in Montana, and has not been in contact with anyone in the state after testing positive.

The cases confirmed in Montana on Sunday are: Yellowstone County 8; Big Horn County 1; Ravalli County 1. The new Yellowstone County cases are seven female inmates at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, and one jail staff member. One inmate remains hospitalized and is recovering. The others are isolated and receiving medical care. Riverstone Health is conducting contact tracing in connection with the jail staffer.

The state conducted 514 new tests, for a total of 39,798.

There are currently 42 active COVID-19 cases in Montana.

The number of cumulative recoveries increased to 456 over the latest 24-hour reporting period.

There have been 17 deaths in Montana to date. There have been six deaths in Toole County, two in Cascade County, two in Flathead County, three in Yellowstone County, and one each in Gallatin County, Lincoln County, Madison County, and Missoula County.

Montana will move to phase two of the "Reopening The Big Sky" plan on Monday, June 1st.

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 cancelled 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.

Click here to read the complete "phase two" document (PDF)