COVID-19 in Montana Update (Sun AM, April 5)

Posted at 7:55 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 11:17:35-04

GREAT FALLS — As of Sunday morning (April 5), there have been a total of 286 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, and six deaths (source/map). The sixth death was confirmed and reported on Saturday by the Missoula City-County Health Department. The other five deaths have been in Toole County (3, see below), Lincoln County (1), and Madison County (1).

Governor Steve Bullock said on Tuesday afternoon that 32 patients in Montana have recovered. No new numbers for recoveries have been released since then. Bullock said during a news conference on Friday that state officials are working to provide updated recovery numbers. Click here for information about recoveries and why it is still difficult to provide accurate data.

There have now been 24 hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients in Montana. As of Saturday evening, the DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 6,603 tests for COVID-19.

Bullock said on Friday that his original "stay at home" order - issued on March 26 and running through April 10 - will likely be extended next week through April 29.

CASES BY COUNTY: Gallatin County - 110 Cases; Yellowstone County - 38 Cases; Flathead County - 24 Cases; Missoula County - 19 Cases; Toole County - 15 Cases; Lewis and Clark County - 14 Cases; Silver Bow County - 11 Cases; Cascade County - 11 Cases; Madison County - 9 Cases; Park County - 6 Cases; Lincoln County - 6 Cases; Broadwater County - 4 Cases; Lake County - 4 Cases; Deer Lodge County - 3 Cases; Jefferson County - 2 Cases; Ravalli County - 2 Cases; Carbon County - 1 Cases; Beaverhead County - 1 Cases; Musselshell County - 1 Cases; Meagher County - 1 Cases; Roosevelt County - 1 Cases; Hill County - 1 Cases; Liberty County - 1 Cases; Glacier County - 1 Cases

TOOLE COUNTY: According to the state COVID-19 website, there are now 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toole County, an increase of three from Friday. In addition, three of Montana's six COVID-19 deaths have been Toole County residents. Click here for more details about the situation in Toole County.

CASCADE COUNTY: As of Friday evening, there are 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases. They are 2 women between the ages of 20-29; 1 man between 30-39; 1 man between 40-49; 3 women and 2 men between 50-59; 1 man between 60-69; and 1 man between 80-89. KRTV has confirmed that at least one of those patients was hospitalized in Great Falls. The City-County Health Department in Great Falls continues working with the patients to determine who they may have been in direct contact with, and communicating with anyone who may have been exposed. The CCHD says that due to federal privacy laws (HIPAA), they will not release any other information about the patients, including where they live.

US/WORLD: According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide numbers as of Sunday morning are: 1,218,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 66,542 deaths; and 252,538 patients have recovered. The U.S. numbers as of Sunday morning are: 312,249 confirmed cases; 8,503 deaths; and 15,021 patients have recovered.