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Montana reports one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday (May 13)

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Posted at 11:20 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 13:20:44-04

According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map , Montana added one additional case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

State officials reported the new case was in a woman in her 60’s in Yellowstone County.

Wednesday’s data raises the total number of cases in the state to 461. The state is reporting 462 cases because a Monday case attributed to Jefferson Co.

Jefferson Co. health officials reported on Monday afternoon that the case involved a man in his 50’s who has not been in the state for several weeks. They added that the case was not acquired in Montana and the man has not been in contact with anyone in Montana.

Since Tuesday, 817 new tests have been completed. That raised the total number of tests to 23,852. According to data on the map, 430 people are considered recovered, that represents 93.2 percent of Montana cases. There are three active hospitalizations and 15 active cases in Montana as of Wednesday.

There have been 16 deaths in Montana to date. There have been six deaths in Toole County, two in Cascade County, two in Flathead County, two in Yellowstone County, and one each in Gallatin County, Lincoln County, Madison County, and Missoula County.

The Rebound

We know the COVID-19 pandemic is changing our community. To keep you and your family informed as we move forward, we're beginning a new series of reports. We're calling it The Rebound: Montana.

In the coming weeks and months, The Rebound: Montana will bring you stories to help navigate these uncertain times — from what you'll need to know when it's time to go back to work, to how those in the community continue to step up.

The Rebound: Montana Relief Fund

As we start to rebound from the impact of COVID-19, many Montanans need financial help. The Rebound: Montana Relief Fund is a partnership between MTN, AMB West Philanthropies, and the Montana Community Foundation.

MTN and AMB West Philanthropies will match the first $150,000 donated, but we need your help. If you can contribute, please visit ktvh.com/relief .

There you’ll find an easy way to give and help our fellow Montanans rebound.

Highlights of "Re-opening The Big Sky" plan

Governor Steve Bullock announced during a news conference on Wednesday a three-phase plan to "re-open" Montana, as closures and restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 will be gradually rescinded.

Among the highlights of the plan is that many retail businesses can become operational beginning on April 27, and restaurants, bars, casinos, and breweries can become operational beginning on May 4 in accordance with the guidelines listed below. Scroll down for links to the complete plan and key points.

  • The "stay at home order" will expire on April 26 for individuals and April 27 for businesses. Retail businesses can become operational on or after April 27 if they can adhere to requirements to limit capacity and maintain strict physical distancing.
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries, and distilleries can begin providing some in-establishment services beginning May 4.
  • Movie theaters, gyms, and some museums can reopen on Friday, May 15.
  • Places of worship can become operational on April 26 in a manner consistent with social distancing between people who are not members of the same household.
  • On May 7, all schools will have the option to return to in-classroom teaching delivery at the discretion of local school boards. The Directive does not preclude school boards from declaring local emergencies to continue to receive all appropriate state funding to continue to provide remote learning.
  • Montana’s travel quarantine will remain in effect and out of state travelers and residents arriving from another state or country back to Montana for non-work related purposes are required to quarantine for 14 days.

The plan includes several phases and highlights the factors that will determine when it is appropriate to move to the second phase of reopening. That decision will be driven by conditions on the ground and the latest data, according to Bullock.
The "Re-opening The Big Sky" plan is divided into three phases; here is a summary of some of the key points of the first phase:

PHASE ONE: SPECIFIC TYPES OF EMPLOYERS/ACTIVITIES

  • RESTAURANTS / BARS / BREWERIES / DISTILLERIES / CASINOS can become operational on or after May 4, under strict physical distancing and reduced capacity protocols in accordance with State guidelines. All patrons must be out of bars, restaurants, and casinos by 11:30.
  • RETAIL BUSINESSES can become operational on or after Monday, April 27, with reduced capacity and where strict physical distancing protocols can be maintained.
  • GYMS / MOVIE THEATERS / MUSEUMS can open with restrictions on Friday, May 15.
  • PERSONAL CARE (SALONS, MASSAGE, BODY ART, ETC.) Operations that require close personal contact for an extended period result in exposing staff and customers to greater levels of risk. These situations require additional safety and health precautions. Stylist / artist / service-provider and customer would be a “station” that would be 6 feet away from other “stations”. • Provide for 6 feet of physical distancing between stations, this may require: • A reduction in capacity; • Increasing spacing, removing stations, or marking stations as closed; • Providing for a physical barrier between stations; • A reduction of seating in service and waiting areas; or • Systems that reduce the amount of contact time between customers and staff.
  • SENIOR LIVING OR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES must continue to prohibit visitors. Those who do interact with residents and patients must ensure strict protocols regarding hygiene and protection are followed. This includes daily screening of staff for symptoms and preventing ill workers from working.
  • OUTDOOR RECREATION can become operational if sites adhere to strict physical distancing between groups and exercise frequent sanitation protocols if public facilities are open.
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP can become operational on or after Sunday, April 26, with reduced capacity and where strict physical distancing protocols can be maintained between non-household members.

PHASE ONE: INDIVIDUALS

  • ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to follow the stay home guidance. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.
  • Vulnerable Individuals: people over 65 years of age and/or those with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.
  • All individuals (non-household), WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. • Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.
  • MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL and adhere to Montana guidelines regarding quarantine.

PHASE ONE: EMPLOYERS

  • Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
  • When telework is not feasible it is encouraged to ACCOMMODATE ALTERNATE WORK SCHEDULES such as shift work and staggered scheduling in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Close COMMON AREAS where personnel are likely to congregate and interact; or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
  • MINIMIZE NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS TRAVEL.
  • SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS should be made for members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION or those with vulnerable household members.

The above information is just a brief summary of key points; click the links below for more details.