COVID in Montana (Thursday December 31)

Posted at 12:07 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 14:38:02-05

GREAT FALLS — There were 275 new COVID-19 cases reported in Montana on Thursday morning, and the statewide death toll has now reached 993, according to data compiled by MTN News during a 24-hour period. Three new deaths were reported in Dawson County, and Missoula County reported one new death due to COVID.

The number of active cases in the state is currently 5,563, according to MTN News, and there has been a cumulative total of 82,002 cases of the virus in Montana. Of the total cases, 75,445 have recovered. There are currently 203 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 3,565. The number of tests performed in the state has reached 791,589, an increase of 4,781 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.

The counties with the most deaths are:

  • Big Horn: 63
  • Blaine: 23
  • Cascade: 95
  • Dawson: 27
  • Flathead: 56
  • Gallatin: 37
  • Glacier: 34
  • Hill: 37
  • Lewis & Clark: 38
  • Missoula: 53
  • Ravalli: 26
  • Roosevelt: 51
  • Rosebud: 28
  • Silver Bow: 48
  • Yellowstone: 162

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.

VACCINE: Governor Steve Bullock on Wednesday announced the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan has been updated to incorporate the new federal recommendations for allocation to critical groups in Montana and an estimated timeline. Click here for details.

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.