GREAT FALLS — The City-County Health Department announced on Tuesday afternoon that there have been five new COVID-19 deaths in Cascade County since Saturday.
The cumulative number of deaths in the county is now 35.
The CCHD said in a news release that the five most recent deaths were a woman in her 70s, and man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s, and a man in his 90s.
CCHD Health Officer Trisha Gardner said, “It is terribly sad to know that five more lives have been lost because of this disease. Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of these individuals. Nothing will ever be the same for their families and friends. I urge the rest of our community to be considerate and compassionate, taking the recommended prevention measures, so that we can prevent more suffering.”
The CCHD continues to urge people to take prevention measures seriously and do everything possible can to curb the spread of the virus. Known prevention measures include:
- Staying home when you are sick and getting tested if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
- Isolating if you are positive
- Quarantining if you have had close contact with a positive case
- Limiting interactions with others and thinking critically about the necessity of engaging in certain events/outings/gatherings
- Social distancing wherever possible
- Universal masking and proper mask wearing
- Good sanitation practices and hand washing
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According the official state COVID-19 website, the number of new cases in Cascade County as of Tuesday morning was 133. There has been a total of 2,374 cases in the county; 1,428 of those are considered active.
There were 909 new cases and 13 new deaths added to the total on the Montana COVID-19 tracking site on Tuesday morning; the data below is from the official Montana website on November 3:
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 389 current hospitalizations, and a cumulative total of 1,384 hospitalizations.
DEATHS: The cumulative number of deaths in Montana is now 399.
ACTIVE CASES: There are 12,770 active COVID-19 cases in Montana.
CASES & RECOVERIES: There have been 35,159 cumulative cases, with 21,990 people listed as recovered.
TESTING: There were 3,593 completed tests, for a cumulative state-wide total of 512,524.
It's important to note that not every person who tests positive actually becomes ill or exhibits symptoms. Many do not; of those who do become sick, some experience mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization. Others, however, do require hospitalization, as noted in the daily update on the number of people hospitalized. However, every person who tests positive for COVID-19 has the potential to spread the virus to other people, including family members and friends, which is why public health officials continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask and maintain at least the recommended six feet of "social distance" when in public.
The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or underlying medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more. The CDC also recently released an update to their research into fatality rates associated with COVID-19. A summary of COVID-19 survival rates is shown below; the summary is one of five based on several scenarios. The CDC data and scenarios can be found here.
COVID-19 Survival Rates
- Age 0-19: 99.997%
- Age 20-49: 99.98%
- Age 50-69: 99.5%
- Age 70+: 94.6%
The CDC says the scenarios are intended to advance public health preparedness and planning, and are not predictions or estimates of the expected impact of COVID-19. The parameter values in each scenario will be updated and augmented over time, as the agency learns more about the epidemiology of COVID-19. The update from September 10th is based on data received by the CDC through August 8.