Montana state health officials reported 96 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new single day record, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map.
An additional three deaths are being reported as well. The new deaths are related to a nursing care facility in Billings.
Yellowstone County health officials reported three new deaths, although one of the cases will not be reflected on the Thursday state update.
Gov. Steve Bullock today issued the following statement regarding three deaths.
“Today’s news of three losses is a heartbreaking reminder of the threat this virus presents to vulnerable Montanans. The Montana way has always been about taking care of our neighbors – and we must strive to continue keeping the health of our neighbors in mind. I extend my sympathy to all of the loved ones impacted by these deaths, and I know that everyone in our state will be keeping them in our thoughts.”
The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map shows the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Treasure State is now at 1,466.
Thursday's data shows the total number of cases in the state now stands at 1,484.
The state tracking map is reporting 1,466 cases due in part to differences in reporting by county health departments which often receive information on confirmed COVID-19 cases before state officials.
Lake County is reporting an additional 14 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning. New cases have also been reported in Lincoln, Missoula and Ravalli counties.
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To date, 796 Montana residents have recovered from COVID-19.
There are currently 24 people hospitalized and a total of 108,765 tests have been completed, according to the state tracking map.
There are currently 645 active COVID-19 cases. There have been 26 COVID-19 related deaths to date in the Treasure State.
The newest COVID-19 related deaths in Montana are being reported in Yellowstone County.
* It should be noted that local health departments often learn about results from private labs and updates their numbers before the state of Montana does, Additionally, there may also be differences in reporting criteria, so the local numbers may differ from those that appear on the Montana COVID-19 tracking map.
Total Confirmed Cases and New Daily Cases by County
- Yellowstone County: 377 Total Cases | 46 New Cases
- Lake County: 38 Total Cases | 14 New Cases
- Big Horn County: 102 Total Cases | 9 New Cases
- Gallatin County: 334 Total Cases | 7 New Cases
- Cascade County: 41 Total Cases | 4 New Cases
- Custer County: 34 Total Cases | 4 New Cases
- Lincoln County: 11 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Missoula County: 123 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Ravalli County: 38 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Beaverhead County: 3 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Hill County: 8 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Lewis and Clark County: 40 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Madison County: 22 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Roosevelt County: 8 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Stillwater County: 8 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
- Broadwater County: 5 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Carbon County: 30 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Dawson County: 8 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Deer Lodge County: 4 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Fergus County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Flathead County: 64 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Glacier County: 25 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Golden Valley County: 3 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Granite County: 5 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Jefferson County: 5 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Liberty County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Meagher County: 4 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Musselshell County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Park County: 16 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Pondera County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Richland County: 22 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Rosebud County: 10 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Sheridan County: 1 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Silver Bow County: 22 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Teton County: 10 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Toole County: 31 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Treasure County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Valley County: 4 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
- Wheatland County: 2 Total Cases | 0 New Cases
Gov. Steve Bullock said on July 2 the worst may not be over – and urged Montanans to take precautions and wear face-masks in public. He stopped short of requiring face-masks in public, saying he wants it to become “socially acceptable."
Gov. Bullock announced on June 4 that Montana will be expanding COVID-19 relief grant opportunities to help small businesses, local governments and help get more Montana meat to people’s tables.
Montana moved to "phase two" of Gov. Bullock's "Reopening The Big Sky" plan on Monday, June 1. Bullock noted that Montana continues to have the lowest number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per capita in the nation.
Bullock outlined the following indicators which prompted him - in consultation with public health officials and disaster response personnel - to move into Phase Two beginning on June 1:
- A downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period.
- The current ability to contact and trace, along with plans to add additional contact tracers to the existing workforce.
- Ensuring that health care workers have the supplies they need to treat COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.
- Ramping up testing capacity to eventually meet a target of 60,000 tests a month and prioritizing testing for vulnerable Montanans and tribal communities. A total of 5,600 tests were conducted last week. Increased testing continues with sentinel testing efforts in nursing homes and assisting living facilities, testing events in tribal areas, and drive through testing being conducted at a few sites.
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 canceled 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.
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