45 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montana (Monday, March 23)

Posted at 4:34 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 09:55:21-04

GREAT FALLS — As of Monday afternoon (March 23), there are 45 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana.

Here is the total by county:
Gallatin: 16
Yellowstone: 7
Missoula: 6
Flathead: 4
Cascade: 3
Lewis & Clark: 3
Silver Bow: 2
Madison: 1
Ravalli: 1
Broadwater: 1
Roosevelt: 1

There have not been any deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19 at this point.

Officials in Montana are keeping a list of confirmed cases in the Treasure State on an updated map and website - click here to visit the site. A spokesman for the Montana COVID-19 Task Force says that positive test results for Montana residents who are currently outside the state will not be included in the totals reported on the website, and said: "The state recognizes that its reporting totals will differ from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) total as a result of these reporting processes." Experts still believe the true number of people infected with COVID-19 remains much higher than the number of confirmed cases.

As of Monday afternoon, the DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 1,688 tests for COVID-19.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States have soared above 35,000 as of Monday morning, as the number of deaths linked to the disease continues to rise closer to 500. According to a database kept by Johns Hopkins, about one-fifth of those deaths — 99, as of Monday morning — have been in New York City.

According to CNN, seven states have at least 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19: New York (16,887), Washington (2,025), New Jersey (1,914), California (1,488), Illinois (1,049), Michigan (1,035) and Florida (1,001).