Montana reports no new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row

Posted at 10:12 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 15:21:18-04

The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map reports no new cases on Wednesday, the first time since March the state has recorded an absence of new cases over a two day period.

The total number of statewide cases remains at 456, the same number as was reported Tuesday.

There are currently seven active COVID-19 cases in Toole County, five in Yellowstone County, three in Cascade County, two in Lewis and Clark County and one each in Big Horn, Glacier and Silver Bow counties.

Six people remain hospitalized, and a total of 62 people received hospital care, and statewide a total of 410 people have recovered from the virus..

The number of deaths remains at 16.

The state has conducted 19,704 tests, an increase of 632 tests from the prior 24-hour reporting period.

The Governor's Coronavirus Task Force released this statement Wednesday about testing:

COVID-19 testing was initially available solely through the CDC. COVID-19 PCR testing capability was implemented by the Montana Public Health Laboratory (MTPHL) on March 9. Private laboratories began implementing COVID-19 testing in the weeks following and Montana has added those private lab tests to our testing data published online. Private laboratories include reference laboratories and those in smaller hospital labs performing point-of-care testing.

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