Montana COVID update (August 27, 2021)

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Aug 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 21:11:01-04

There were 706 new COVID-19 cases reported within the last 24 hours in Montana, with 4,628 total active cases in the state as of Friday, August 27. The last time the state had more 4,600 active cases was January 24, according to MTN data.

Information from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services at this point does not include data on whether new cases occurred among vaccinated or unvaccinated people.


  • Yellowstone County: 145 new; 848 active
  • Cascade County: 140 new; 706 active
  • Flathead County: 85 new; 698 active
  • Missoula County: 59 new; 589 active
  • Lewis & Clark County: 41 new; 272 active
  • Gallatin County: 21 new; 214 active
  • Lake County: 12 new; 136 active
  • Ravalli County: 15 new; 124 active
  • Lincoln County: 16 new; 105 active
  • Silver Bow County: 19 new; 104 active

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID is 228. The cumulative number of hospitalizations in Montana due to the virus is 6,294, an increase of 29 since Thursday. In the past seven days, the state has recorded 171 hospitalizations due to COVID. To date, roughly 1 in 20 (5.0%) reported COVID cases in the state have resulted in a hospitalization.

There were two new deaths reported on Friday morning; the total number of Montanans who have died due to COVID is now 1,783.

About 50 percent of eligible residents are now vaccinated, with 460,372 Montanans now considered fully vaccinated. The total number of doses administered is 938,418. If you want to get vaccinated, contact your county health department, or click here.

There have been 125,616 cumulative cases of COVID in Montana. The cumulative number of recoveries is now 119,205. There were 5,389 new COVID tests administered since the last DPHHS report.

The date above is from the DPHHS website and is current as of Friday, August 27, 2021. The state site also has county-specific data on the number of new cases, cumulative cases, vaccination rates, and more.

During a Tuesday news conference in Helena, Governor Greg Gianforte said there’s never been a better time for Montanans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gianforte was joined by Bekki Kirsch-Wehner, chief of the state Communicable Disease Control & Prevention Bureau; and Dr. Maggie Cook-Shimanek, the interim State Medical Officer.

They highlighted data showing that unvaccinated people are at greater risk from the Delta variant of the coronavirus. He also noted that there has been a rise in Delta variant cases in states with and without mask mandates.

The governor reaffirmed his stance that the vaccine and/or masking will not be mandated, and he does not support another lockdown. “The State of Montana will not impose a mask mandate, and the State of Montana will not impose a vaccine mandate,” said Gianforte. “As I always have, I trust Montanans to make decisions that are best for their own health and the health of their loved ones.”

Gianforte also praised Monday's news that the federal Food & Drug Administration has given formal approval to the Pfizer vaccine. However, he said that people who are are still hesitant about getting vaccinated aren’t likely to be convinced by public figures, including himself. He urged them to talk to trusted healthcare providers. “It’s unfortunate that all of this has been politicized,” said Gianforte. “Politics shouldn’t be part of this.”

DPHHS director Adam Meier said earlier this month that hospitalization data from June 5 to July 30 shows that 89% of Montanans who were hospitalized due to COVID had not received the COVID vaccine. The data includes 358 hospitalizations of Montanans during this time frame. The hospitalizations included an age range from 1 to 97, with a median age of 64.

“This data illustrates just how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is in preventing serious illness when you consider how far we’ve come since the vaccine first became available,” Meier said. “The data is also a reminder of how important it is to get vaccinated. This is now a vaccine-preventable disease, and the last thing we want to see are more cases and hospitalizations. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. The fall and winter months are just around the corner. Now is the time to get the vaccine.”