As of Tuesday morning (April 14), there have been a total of 399 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, an increase of five since Monday. 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.
There have now been 50 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana; 24 of those are considered "active hospitalizations." There have been a total of 197 recovered patients. The DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 9,234 tests for COVID-19, including 136 tests since Monday's update.
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.”
Counties with new confirmed cases since Monday:
- Yellowstone County: 63 Total Cases | 4 New Cases
- Big Horn County: 2 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
Total # of cases in counties with no new cases:
- Beaverhead County: 1
- Broadwater County: 4
- Carbon County: 6
- Cascade County: 13
- Deer Lodge County: 3
- Flathead County: 36
- Gallatin County: 138
- Glacier County: 4
- 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
- Ravalli County: 5
- Richland County: 3
- Roosevelt County: 3
- Silver Bow County: 11
- Stillwater County: 1
- Toole County: 26
TOOLE COUNTY: There have been 26 confirmed cases in Toole County to date, and three deaths. 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 .
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. 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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