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Montana reports 399 COVID-19 cases (Tuesday 4-14-2020)

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Posted at 10:01 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 12:01:18-04

According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map, Montana confirms 399 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning.

According to the state, 5 new cases were reported overnight.

Gallatin County reports 138 cases, more than any other county in the state. Yellowstone County added 4 new cases to bring their total to 63.

The information released also pointed to 9,234 tests being conducted in Montana, with 50 people hospitalized with Covid-19.

A seventh COVID-19 related death is being reported in Montana.

The Flathead City-County Health Department confirmed Monday the first death related to COVID-19 in Flathead County.

Gov. Steve Bullock issued the following statement regarding the death of a Montanan due to COVID-19, marking the seventh in the state:

“I am saddened to hear of another death due to COVID-19 in Montana and am thinking of the family and friends who are grieving the loss of this fellow Montanan. We must stay vigilant in our efforts to stay home and take all precautions to protect our family, friends, and Montana’s most vulnerable during this difficult time.”

There have been three deaths in Toole County, and one each in Lincoln County, Madison County, and Missoula County.

The official COVID-19 website for Montana is now being updated just once per day, rather than twice. Updates are scheduled to post at about 10 a.m. every day. Another change is that the website now includes the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Montana.

(These numbers may be adjusted as more counties report final reports to the state.)

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR SW MONTANA

STAY AT HOME

In a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock announced he is extending his stay-at-home order, issued in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, through Friday, April 24.

Other directives issued by the Governor were also extended through April 24, including the closure of schools; the closures of bars, casinos and other nonessential businesses; prohibited dine-in service for restaurants; and the suspension of evictions, foreclosures and the shutting off of utilities for nonpayment.

“We know that staying home will help to flatten the curve. For every person we take out of the chain of transmission of this virus, the more likely our health care facilities can handle the capacity to respond, and the more likely we can beat back this virus sooner rather than later,” Bullock said.

The official COVID-19 website for Montana will be updated just once per day, rather than twice. Updates will be posted at about 10 a.m. every day. Another change is that the website now includes the number of recovered COVID-19 patients in Montana.

Bullock announces emergency rental assistance for families hit hardest by COVID-19

On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock added to his previous directive that temporarily suspends certain evictions, foreclosures and service disconnections in Montana by creating a program to provide rental assistance to households experiencing substantial financial hardship due to COVID-19.

New projection shows Montana with fewest COVID-19 deaths in country

An influential model cited by the White House was updated Monday and shows Montana with the lowest projected number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country.

Montana is now predicted to have 22 deaths, the same number that came up over a week ago before being ramped up . Alaska is next lowest with 25 projected deaths. The next three are North Dakota with 32, Wyoming, 34, and Vermont, 36.

$1M DONATION FROM TOWN PUMP TO MT FOOD BANKS

Town Pump is donating $1 million to 100 food banks, pantries and shelters in 83 communities around Montana.

Town Pump wants to help people who are suffering from food insecurity as the coronavirus continues, and food banks need to keep shelves stocked.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

CONTINUING COVERAGE:
Determining how many people have recovered
IRS deposits first wave of stimulus checks into bank accounts
COVID-19 update for Cascade County (Saturday, April 11)
Great Falls Job Service provides update on unemployment assistance
OPI recommends closing for remainder of school year
COVID-19: Q&A with a Great Falls physician
Toole County provides update on COVID-19 (Thursday, April 9)
Officials highlight recoveries of two COVID-19 patients in Montana