Montana COVID-19 cases rise to 161 Sunday afternoon

Posted at 4:44 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 08:28:48-04

According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map , Montana confirmed 161 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon.

The previously reported total Sunday morning was 154.

The state confirmed four new cases in Gallatin County, pushing the total to 62. Single cases in Flathead, Lincoln and Lake counties were also confirmed by the state.

Yellowstone County added no new cases but remained second-highest in the state with 26 cases.

The total may continue to rise Sunday as counties report their case load to the state.

Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed the first death due to COVID-19 in Montana Thursday night. The person who died was confirmed as a 77-year old Lincoln County man on Friday.

No data has been provided yet about number of recovered cases.

Montana is currently under a "stay at home" order due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public health officials know that the number of cases is likely substantially higher than the number of confirmed cases. As of Saturday morning, the public health laboratory in Helena has completed 3,841 tests.

The "recovery rate" for Montana has not yet been determined, as COVID-19 is still relatively new in our state and there is not enough data to calculate an accurate rate at this point.

  • NOTE: Some confirmed cases are being re-assigned to other counties - for instance, a Glacier County case was re-assigned to Toole County, because the patient was tested and treated in Glacier County (Cut Bank), but actually lives in Toole County. That has happened in several cases. We know that it can be confusing - we are trying to keep things as accurate as possible as the situation changes.