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Montana COVID-19 Report (Friday, Dec. 18)

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 14:44:32-05

There were 443 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Montana as of 1 p.m. Friday, and the statewide death toll reached 895, according to data compiled by MTN News during a 24-hour period.

Reports from local health departments showed four new deaths: one in Yellowstone County, two in Lewis and Clark County and one each in Missoula and Dawson counties.

The number of active cases in the state is currently 8,707, according to MTN News, and there has been a cumulative total of 76,398 cases of the virus in Montana. Of the total cases, 66,797 have recovered.

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There are currently 275 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus.

The number of tests performed in the state has reached 747,802, an increase of 5,262 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.

The numbers reported by MTN reflect the latest data from the Montana COVID website, along with supplemental data received from county health departments.

Note: As COVID-19 cases escalate in Montana, the disparity between state data from DPHHS and local data from county health departments continues to grow.

MTN has decided to use a combination of these sources to deliver more accurate information across all media platforms. We feel this is a more truthful accounting of the situation in Montana.

Local county health departments may be alerted to cases before Montana DPHHS. As those counties share that information with the public, MTN feels it should be reflected in our reporting. Using that local data means there will be times when MTN coronavirus data does not align with the state report.