BUTTE — The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department reported three new COVID-19 deaths in less than a week as positive cases continue to spike.
The three new deaths and the two reported last week are all residents of the Continental Care & Rehabilitation Center off of Continental Drive in Butte.
The health department reports 29 residents and 10 staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
As of November 2, the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department is reporting more than 190 active cases in the county.
Center administrator David Merrell said in a news release that his staff is committed to keeping residents safe and has brought in professional help to ensure the safety of the facility.
There were 757 new cases and 10 new deaths added to the total on the Montana COVID-19 tracking site on Monday morning; the data below is from the official Montana website on November 2:
CASES & RECOVERIES: There have been 34,252 cumulative cases, with 21,496 people listed as recovered.
HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 386 current hospitalizations, and a cumulative total of 1,373 hospitalizations.
DEATHS: The cumulative number of deaths in Montana is now 386.
ACTIVE CASES: There are 12,370 active COVID-19 cases in Montana.
TESTING: There were 7,227 completed tests, for a cumulative state-wide total of 508,931.
Numbers reported by the state each day occasionally differ from those reported by county public health departments due to periodic lag times in reporting data to the state. We encourage people to check the official website and/or Facebook page of their respective county health department for any information that is not yet included in the state's daily updates. Based on data from the state report and county health departments, MTN News is reporting the following:
- Deaths: 405 (+19 from state)
- Recoveries: 23,234 (+1,738 from state)
- Total Cases: 34,578 (+326 from state)
- Active: 10,939 (-1,431 from state)
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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.