GREAT FALLS — As of Sunday morning (April 5), there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County, an increase of three from Saturday, according to the latest update from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (source/map) .
In addition, three of Montana's five COVID-19 deaths have been Toole County residents. The estimated population is about 4,900 for Toole County; for Shelby, the county seat, the number is about 3,200.
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."
According to the DPHHS, the Toole County cases are:
- 1 female between the ages of 10 and 19
- 3 females between 20-29
- 2 females between 30-39
- 1 female between 40-49
- 1 female and 1 male between 50-59
- 1 female and 1 male between 70-79
- 2 females between 80-89
- 2 females between 90-99
Blair Tomsheck of the Toole County Health Department said in a news release on Friday: "We are working closely with all healthcare entities in Toole County to address these ongoing cases as they are related to current investigations." The TCHD said on Saturday evening that 160 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Toole County to date.
As of Sunday morning (April 5), there have been a total of 286 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.
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.
CASES BY COUNTY: Gallatin County - 110 Cases; Yellowstone County - 38 Cases; Flathead County - 24 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 - 9 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; Carbon County - 1 Cases; Beaverhead County - 1 Cases; Musselshell County - 1 Cases; Meagher County - 1 Cases; Roosevelt County - 1 Cases; Hill County - 1 Cases; Liberty County - 1 Cases; Glacier County - 1 Cases
US/WORLD: According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide numbers as of Sunday morning are: 1,218,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 66,542 deaths; and 252,538 patients have recovered. The U.S. numbers as of Sunday morning are: 312,249 confirmed cases; 8,503 deaths; and 15,021 patients have recovered.
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