Montana state health officials reported five additional deaths and 117 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map. The cumulative number of Montana cases also surpassed 6,000 on Thursday.
The state death toll increased from 84 to 89 on Thursday. Big Horn County reported its 15th death Thursday morning, and Yellowstone County reported two additional deaths. Here's the full press release from RiverStone Health:
RiverStone Health, Yellowstone County’s public health department, reports two additional COVID-19 related deaths.
On Tuesday, August 18, a man in his 60s passed away in a Yellowstone County hospital.
Also on Tuesday, August 18, a woman in her 60s passed away in a Yellowstone County hospital.
To protect the privacy of the deceased and their families, RiverStone Health will not release further information about the deaths.
These most recent deaths are reflected on the August 20 state COVID-19 tracking map.
“There are no words that can take away the sorrow of losing a loved one and we wish the deceased’s family and friends strength and peace as they grieve,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County Health Officer and RiverStone Health President and CEO.
Felton continued, “In the month of August, about one person every three days – eight total – has lost their life to COVID-19. In the month of July, we averaged about 27 new COVID-19 infections a day. There are 11 days left in the month of August and we are currently averaging 30 new positive cases a day. August is shaping up to be even more challenging than last month. With school starting next week, we must do better to bring infections down. That means wearing a mask, watching your distance and washing your hands. Staying home when ill and frequently sanitizing high-touch surfaces are also important prevention measures that we can all take.”
To date, 1,637 Yellowstone County residents have been infected with COVID-19 and 34 have died.
Yellowstone County again reported the most new cases with 42. The county now has a cumulative total of 1,637 cases with 690 active cases.
Flathead County added 18 new cases, and Rosebud County reported 13. Phillips County reported eight new cases, Gallatin County added seven and Big Horn County and Sanders County each added six.
The remaining new cases were spread across 11 Montana counties.
Gender and Age of New Cases
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The state cumulative total of cases since the pandemic began now stands at 6,072. There have been 4,434 recoveries and there are now 1,549 active cases across the state.
There are currently 101 people hospitalized with the virus.
The total number of tests increased by 1,027 during the previous 24-hour reporting period, pushing the total number of tests to 207,560.
Note: Numbers reported by the state each day may differ from those reported by county public health departments due to periodic lag times in reporting data to the state. MTN News counts the updated data individual counties report throughout a given day.
Cases by Day
New Cases By County
Yellowstone County Cases
1,637 Total | 42 New | 690 Active
Flathead County Cases
432 Total | 18 New | 110 Active
Rosebud County Cases
109 Total | 13 New | 85 Active
Phillips County Cases
104 Total | 8 New | 35 Active
Gallatin County Cases
1,003 Total | 7 New | 27 Active
Big Horn County Cases
558 Total | 6 New | 258 Active
Sanders County Cases
26 Total | 6 New | 17 Active
Cascade County Cases
190 Total | 5 New | 48 Active
Lewis and Clark County Cases
185 Total | 2 New | 44 Active
Missoula County Cases
392 Total | 2 New | 76 Active
Blaine County Cases
15 Total | 1 New | 1 Active
Carbon County Cases
81 Total | 1 New | 11 Active
Deer Lodge County Cases
31 Total | 1 New | 6 Active
Ravalli County Cases
90 Total | 1 New | 4 Active
Roosevelt County Cases
31 Total | 1 New | 7 Active
Silver Bow County Cases
107 Total | 1 New | 7 Active
Stillwater County Cases
33 Total | 1 New | 9 Active
Sweet Grass County Cases
8 Total | 1 New | 2 Active