GREAT FALLS — Montana reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, June 15, according to the Montana Response website.
Custer County added three new cases, while Big Horn, Cascade, Flathead, Ravalli, and Stillwater counties each added one new case.
There are now two active cases in Cascade County; the City-County Health Department in Great Falls says that both cases were likely community-acquired, and not due to travel.
There have been 510 cumulative reported recoveries in Montana. The state conducted 903 new tests since Sunday's update, for a total of 58,907 to date. Montana currently has 80 active cases, and seven active hospitalizations.
Although the state is reporting 609 total cases, MTN does not include one case counted in Jefferson County that was traced to a resident of the county who was out of state and did not contract the virus in Montana.
Big Horn County announced its second death attributed to COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state total to 19 since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been six deaths in Toole County, three in Yellowstone County, two in Cascade County, two in Flathead County, and one each in Gallatin, Lincoln, Madison, and Missoula counties.
More than 2 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus have now been confirmed in the United States, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. deaths attributed to COVID-19 stand at 115,458 as of Sunday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins database.
Montana entered "Phase Two" of its reopening plan on June 1st. Here are some of the highlights of Phase Two:
- Avoid gatherings in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing. Groups larger than 50 people should be cancelled unless physical distancing can be maintained. It is recommended to continue to social distance in gatherings of any size.
- Restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, and casinos remains in the same operations status as Phase One, but with an increase to 75% capacity.
- Gyms, indoor group fitness classes, pool, and hot tubs can operate at 75% capacity and only if they can adhere to strict physical distancing and they exercise frequent sanitation protocols.
- Concert halls, bowling alleys, and other places of assembly may operate with reduced capacity and if they adhere to strict physical distancing guidelines.
- All businesses are required to follow the social distancing and sanitation guidelines established in Phase One, and Montanans are strongly encouraged to continue sanitation practices, including hand washing and wearing masks in public places like grocery stores.
- Click here to read the complete "phase two" document (PDF)