GREAT FALLS — As of Thursday morning (April 16), there have been a total of 415 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, an increase of eleven since Wednesday. There have been seven deaths to date. Click here to see the current totals by county. There have been three deaths in Toole County, and one each in Lincoln County, Madison County, Missoula County, and Flathead County.
There have now been 52 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana; 21 of those are considered "active (current) hospitalizations." There have been a total of 218 recovered patients. The DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 9,936 tests for COVID-19, including 353 tests since Wednesday's update.
Counties with new confirmed cases since Tuesday:
- Missoula County: 33 Total Cases | 3 New Cases
- Yellowstone County: 67 Total Cases | 3 New Cases
- Gallatin County: 141 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Musselshell County: 3 Total Cases | 2 New Cases
- Big Horn County: 3 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
(UPDATE, 3:37 pm) Musselshell County Sheriff Shawn Lesnik told MTN News that the two new cases from his county were actually Golden Valley residents who tested positive at hospital in Musselshell County.
The updated information, confirmed by Julie Rooney, public health nurse for the Central Montana Health District, leaves Musselshell County with one total COVID-19 case. That person has recovered, according to the Centra Montana Health District. Golden Valley County has three cases of COVID-19, according to the health district. Lesnik said the state's numbers likely won't be updated until Friday.
TOOLE COUNTY: There have been 26 confirmed cases in Toole County to date, and three deaths. 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." Click here for more information.
CASCADE COUNTY: There have been 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and no deaths. According to the City-County Health Department in Great Falls, eight of those patients have now recovered. Click here for more information.
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