COVID in Montana (Thursday December 24)

Posted at 12:09 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 14:14:24-05

GREAT FALLS — There were 409 new COVID-19 cases reported in Montana as of Thursday morning, and the statewide death total is now 957, according to data compiled by MTN News during a 24-hour period.

There are currently 7,610 active cases in Montana and 79,425 total cases. There have been 70,859 recoveries. There are 241 current hospitalizations; a total of 3.406 people have been hospitalized.

Two additional deaths are being reported in Missoula County and one more is being reported in Yellowstone County. The number of tests performed in the state has reached 771,693, an increase of 5,497 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.

The counties with the most deaths to date are:

  • Yellowstone: 157
  • Cascade: 95
  • Big Horn: 60
  • Flathead: 56
  • Roosevelt: 51
  • Missoula: 50
  • Silver Bow: 41
  • Gallatin: 37
  • Hill: 36
  • Lewis & Clark: 36
  • Glacier: 33
  • Rosebud: 28
  • Blaine: 23
  • Dawson: 23

SOURCES: The numbers reported above reflect the latest data from the official Montana COVID website as well as supplemental data from county health departments. The disparity between numbers provided by the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) and numbers from county health departments continues to grow as COVID cases escalate in Montana. MTN News uses both state data and county data to provide more accurate and timely information. As a result, numbers reported by MTN do not align with the DPHHS figures.

CONTEXT: 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 experience more severe symptoms, and some do require hospitalization. Every person who tests positive for COVID, however, 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. The CDC released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or chronic medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more.