Montana adds 19 new COVID-19 cases (Thursday, 4-9-2020)

State total now at 354 cases
Posted at 10:11 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 12:11:41-04

According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map , Montana confirms 354 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning.

Gallatin County now reports 128 cases, more than any other county in the state, reporting 8 new cases overnight. The state completed 462 new tests for a total of 7,860. There are 36 people hospitalized and 157 Montanans have recovered from Covid-19.

These numbers may be adjusted as more counties report final reports to the state.



In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock announced he is extending his stay-at-home order, issued in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, through Friday, April 24.

Other directives issued by the Governor were also extended through April 24, including the closure of schools; the closures of bars, casinos and other nonessential businesses; prohibited dine-in service for restaurants; and the suspension of evictions, foreclosures and the shutting off of utilities for nonpayment.

In addition, Bullock also recommended Montanans wear cloth face masks when they're out in public places still open, such as grocery stores or pharmacies.

“We know that staying home will help to flatten the curve. For every person we take out of the chain of transmission of this virus, the more likely our health care facilities can handle the capacity to respond, and the more likely we can beat back this virus sooner rather than later,” Bullock said.

The official COVID-19 website for Montana will be updated just once per day, rather than twice. Updates will be posted at about 10 a.m. every day. Another change is that the website now includes the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Montana.