COVID in Montana (Sunday January 24)

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Posted at 1:29 PM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 15:31:33-05

GREAT FALLS — The total number of COVID-19 cases in Montana rose to 91,912 on Sunday, and the statewide death toll has now reached 1,152, according to data compiled by MTN News.

The number of active cases in the state is currently 4,691, according to MTN News, and of the total cases, 86,069 have recovered. There are currently 135 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 4,125. The number of tests performed in the state has reached 911,686, an increase of 4,933 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.

SOURCES: The numbers reported above reflect the latest data from the official Montana COVID website as well as supplemental data from county health departments. The disparity between numbers provided by the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) and numbers from county health departments continues to grow as COVID cases escalate in Montana. MTN News uses both state data and county data to provide more accurate and timely information. As a result, numbers reported by MTN do not align with the DPHHS figures.

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 experience more severe symptoms, and some do require hospitalization. Every person who tests positive for COVID, however, 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 CDC released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or chronic medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more.