2 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cascade County

Posted at 8:56 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 22:56:51-04

The City-County Health Department in Great Falls said on Wednesday evening that two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cascade County, bringing the county total to five.

The CCHD said in a news release that one of the two cases is a man in his 30s, and the other is a man in his 50s. Both men have been isolated at home since being tested and do not require hospitalization at this time. No other details, including whether the two men had recently traveled, have been released due to federal privacy laws.

CCHD’s infectious disease team is communicating with each individual and are conducting contact investigations. The investigations include identifying people who may have been exposed via contact with the two patients, and then confidentially getting them the information they need and referring them for treatment if needed.

As of Wednesday evening at 8:25 pm, there are 67 cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana. Here is the current total by county: Gallatin 24; Yellowstone 12; Missoula 6; Flathead 5; Cascade 5; Butte-Silver Bow 4; Lewis & Clark 3; Madison 2; Broadwater 2; Ravalli 1; Roosevelt 1; Jefferson 1; Hill 1.

There have not been any deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19 at this point. Officials in Montana are keeping a list of confirmed cases in the Treasure State on an updated map and website - click here to visit the site .

As of Wednesday morning, the DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 2,001 tests for COVID-19; that includes 312 tests conducted since Tuesday morning.

Governor Steve Bullock hosted a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to give an update on Montana's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. Bullock said that his school closure order, which was set to expire Friday, will be extended to April 10. His order to close all non-essential businesses, including bars, casinos, and gyms, was also extended to April 10. Restaurants remain prohibited from allowing people to eat in their dining rooms, but can continue to provide take-out, curb-side, and delivery service ( see here ). Click here for more details about the restrictions .