As of Monday morning (April 13), there have been a total of 394 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, an increase of seven since Sunday. There have been seven deaths to date, and increase of one since Sunday ( source/map ). There have been three deaths in Toole County, and one each in Lincoln County, Madison County, Missoula County, and Flathead County.
The seventh death was reported on Monday morning in Flathead County. The person was over the age of 65 and was a resident of Flathead County who had had underlying health conditions, according to a news release. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” said Hillary Hanson, Flathead City-County Health Department Health Officer. “We want to remind our community about the importance of staying at home. We must work together to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.”
There have now been 47 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana; 21 of those are considered "active hospitalizations." There have been a total of 171 recovered patients. The DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 9,098 tests for COVID-19, including 185 tests since Sunday's update. NOTE: DPHHS initially did not report a change in the number of tests performed since Sunday, but provided an updated number in an email on Monday afternoon.
Counties with new confirmed cases since Sunday:
- Flathead County: 36 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Ravalli County: 5 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Glacier County: 4 Total Cases | 1 New Case
- Toole County: 26 Total Cases | 1 New Case
- Yellowstone County: 59 Total Cases | 1 New Case
TOOLE COUNTY: One new case was confirmed in Toole County since Sunday, bringing the total to 26. The Marias Medical Center in Shelby said on March 26 that one of the residents of the Marias Heritage Center tested positive for COVID-19. Marias Heritage Center is a 38 apartment, state-licensed facility in Shelby. The next day, they said that some of the positive COVID-19 tests are from Marias Heritage Center employees. They also said: "This situation also exposed others to COVID-19 and, as such, we expect there could be other positives."
The Toole County cases are: 1 female between ages 10 and 19; 3 females between 20-29; 2 females between 30-39; 2 females between 40-49; 3 females and 1 male between 50-59; 2 females and 1 male between 60-69; 1 female and 2 males between 70-79; 5 females between 80-89; and 3 females between 90-99. Click here for more information .
CASCADE COUNTY: There have been 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and no deaths. According to the City-County Health Department in Great Falls, eight of those patients have now recovered. Click here for more information .
Total cases in counties with no new cases since Sunday:
- Beaverhead County: 1
- Big Horn County: 1
- Broadwater County: 4
- Carbon County: 6
- Cascade County: 13
- Deer Lodge County: 3
- Gallatin County: 138
- Golden Valley County: 1
- Hill County: 1
- Jefferson County: 2
- Lake County: 5
- Lewis & Clark County: 16
- Liberty County: 1
- Lincoln County: 7
- Madison County: 8
- Meagher County: 1
- Missoula County: 30
- Musselshell County: 1
- Park County: 7
- Richland County: 3
- Roosevelt County: 3
- Silver Bow County: 11
- Stillwater County: 1
CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS: Governor Steve Bullock said on Tuesday that he is ordering the extension of the "stay at home" order designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana. The original order was issued on March 26 and runs through Friday, April 10. The extension will now last through Friday, April 24.
Bullock also said on Tuesday that public K-12 schools across the state will remain closed through April 24. Other directives previously issued by the governor have also been extended through April 24, including the closure of bars, casinos, and other non-essential businesses; the closure of dine-in service for restaurants; the temporary suspension of evictions and foreclosures; and prohibiting for now shutting off of utilities for nonpayment. RELATED: What businesses are considered "essential?
Bullock also recommended that Montanans wear cloth face masks when they're out in public, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies. He also extended the order requiring incoming travelers to Montana to enter into a 14-day self-quarantine.
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