There were 708 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Montana on Friday, and the statewide death toll since the pandemic began reached 1,050, according to data compiled by MTN News.
Flathead County reported four additional COVID-19 deaths, and Fergus County reported two additional deaths. Lewis and Clark and Valley counties each reported one additional death due to the virus.
The number of active cases in the state is currently 5,129, according to MTN News, and there has been a cumulative total of 85,843 cases of the virus in Montana. Of the total cases, 79,664 have recovered.
There are currently 205 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 3,814.
The number of tests performed in the state has reached 831,887, an increase of 8,608 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.
The numbers reported by MTN reflect the latest data from the Montana COVID website, along with supplemental data received from county health departments.
Note: As COVID-19 cases escalate in Montana, the disparity between state data from DPHHS and local data from county health departments continues to grow.
MTN has decided to use a combination of these sources to deliver more accurate information across all media platforms. We feel this is a more truthful accounting of the situation in Montana.
Local county health departments may be alerted to cases before Montana DPHHS. As those counties share that information with the public, MTN feels it should be reflected in our reporting. Using that local data means there will be times when MTN coronavirus data does not align with the state report.