Gallatin Co. adds 185 COVID-19 cases since Thanksgiving

Posted at 10:55 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:55:20-05

BOZEMAN — Gallatin County reported 185 new COVID-19 cases since Nov. 27, 2020, On Nov. 29, 2020, the 7-day average for the county was 79.4 cases.

The county has 7,435 total cases and 6,970 people have recovered. Currently, there are 446 active cases and 23 people are hospitalized. There have been 19 deaths reported.

The numbers reported above by MTN News reflect the latest data from the Montana COVID website, along with supplemental data from county health departments. The disparity between data from the Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) and data from county health departments continues to grow as COVID-19 cases escalate in Montana. MTN has decided to use a combination of these sources to deliver more accurate and timely information. As a result, the numbers reported by MTN will not align precisely with the DPHHS figures.

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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.