COVID-19 in Montana (Thursday, April 9)

Posted at 10:08 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 14:15:14-04

GREAT FALLS — As of Thursday at 10 a.m. (April 9), there have been a total of 354 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, an increase of 19 since Wednesday. There have been six deaths to date (source/map). There have been three deaths in Toole County, and one each in Lincoln County, Madison County, and Missoula County.

There have now been 36 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana, and 157 recovered patients. The DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 7,860 tests for COVID-19, including 462 tests since yesterday's update.

According to the state website, the 19 new cases are: 8 in Gallatin County; 4 in Yellowstone County; 3 in Flathead County; and one each in Cascade, Glacier, Stillwater, and Toole counties.

Here are the counties with new confirmed since Wednesday:
Gallatin County: 128 Total Cases | 8 New Cases
Yellowstone County: 52 Total Cases | 4 New Cases
Flathead County: 34 Total Cases | 3 New Cases
Cascade County: 12 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
Glacier County: 3 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
Stillwater County: 1 Total Cases | 1 New Cases
Toole County: 18 Total Cases | 1 New Cases

Current total number of cases in counties with no new cases since Wednesday:
Beaverhead County: 1 Total Cases
Broadwater County: 4 Total Cases
Carbon County: 3 Total Cases
Deer Lodge County: 4 Total Cases
Hill County: 1 Total Cases
Jefferson County: 2 Total Cases
Lake County: 6 Total Cases
Lewis & Clark County: 16 Total Cases
Liberty County: 1 Total Cases
Lincoln County: 7 Total Cases
Madison County: 8 Total Cases
Meagher County: 1 Total Cases
Missoula County: 26 Total Cases
Musselshell County: 1 Total Cases
Park County: 7 Total Cases
Ravalli County: 3 Total Cases
Richland County: 2 Total Cases
Roosevelt County: 2 Total Cases
Silver Bow County: 11 Total Cases

The official COVID-19 website for Montana is now being updated just once per day, rather than twice. Updates are scheduled to post at about 10 a.m. every day. Another change is that the website now includes the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Montana.

CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS: Governor Steve Bullock said on Tuesday that he is ordering the extension of the "stay at home" order designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana. The original order was issued on March 26 and runs through Friday, April 10. The extension will now last through Friday, April 24.

Bullock also said on Tuesday that public K-12 schools across the state will remain closed through April 24. Other directives previously issued by the governor have also been extended through April 24, including the closure of bars, casinos, and other non-essential businesses; the closure of dine-in service for restaurants; the temporary suspension of evictions and foreclosures; and prohibiting for now shutting off of utilities for nonpayment. RELATED: What businesses are considered "essential?

Bullock also recommended that Montanans wear cloth face masks when they're out in public, such as in grocery stores and pharmacies. He also extended the order requiring incoming travelers to Montana to enter into a 14-day self-quarantine.

US/WORLD: According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide numbers as of Thursday morning are: 1,503,900 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 89,931 deaths; and 340,112 patients have recovered. The U.S. numbers are: 432,579 confirmed cases; 14,830 deaths; and 24,213 patients have recovered.