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COVID-19 in Montana Update (Sat PM, April 4)

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 00:50:04-04

As of Saturday evening (April 4), there have been a total of 281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, and six deaths. The sixth death was confirmed and reported on Saturday by the Missoula City-County Health Department. The other five deaths have been in Toole County (3, see below), Lincoln County (1), and Madison County (1).

Governor Steve Bullock said on Tuesday afternoon that 32 patients in Montana have recovered. No new numbers for recoveries have been released since then. Bullock said during a news conference on Friday that state officials are working to provide updated recovery numbers. Click here for information about recoveries and why it is still difficult to provide accurate data .

There have now been 24 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana. As of Saturday evening, the DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 6,519 tests for COVID-19.

Bullock said on Friday that his original "stay at home" order - issued on March 26 and running through April 10 - will likely be extended next week through April 29.

NUMBER OF CASES BY COUNTY: Gallatin County - 109 Cases; Yellowstone County - 38 Cases; Flathead County - 23 Cases; Missoula County - 19 Cases; Toole County - 15 Cases; Lewis and Clark County - 14 Cases; Silver Bow County - 11 Cases; Cascade County - 11 Cases; Madison County - 6 Cases; Park County - 6 Cases; Lincoln County - 6 Cases; Broadwater County - 4 Cases; Lake County - 4 Cases; Deer Lodge County - 3 Cases; Jefferson County - 2 Cases; Ravalli County - 2 Cases. The following counties have one each: Carbon County, Beaverhead County, Musselshell County, Meagher County, Roosevelt County, Hill County, Liberty County, Glacier County.

TOOLE COUNTY: According to the official state COVID-19 website , there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County, an increase of three from Friday. In addition, three of Montana's six COVID-19 deaths have been Toole County residents. Click here for details on the Toole County situation .

CASCADE COUNTY: As of Friday evening, there are 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases. They are 2 women between the ages of 20-29; 1 man between 30-39; 1 man between 40-49; 3 women and 2 men between 50-59; 1 man between 60-69; and 1 man between 80-89. KRTV has confirmed that at least one of those patients was hospitalized in Great Falls. The City-County Health Department in Great Falls continues working with the patients to determine who they may have been in direct contact with, and communicating with anyone who may have been exposed. The CCHD says that due to federal privacy laws (HIPAA), they will not release any other information about the patients, including where they live.

US/WORLD: According to Johns Hopkins University , the worldwide numbers as of Saturday morning are: 1,139,207 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 60,874 deaths; and 233,807 patients have recovered. The U.S. numbers as of Saturday morning are: 278,537 confirmed cases; 7,163 deaths; and 9,920 patients have recovered.

CONTINUING COVERAGE: