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More than 200 COVID-19 cases in MT (Wednesday morning, April 1)

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 10:16:54-04

According to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map, Montana confirms 208 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning.

(NOTE: This number may change due to counties reporting final numbers to the state.)

The previously reported total Tuesday morning was 198.

Gallatin County still counts the most cases with 76.

Total Cases by County
Gallatin County - 76 Cases
Yellowstone County - 32 Cases
Missoula County - 14 Cases
Lewis and Clark County - 14 Cases
Flathead County - 14 Cases
Silver Bow County - 10 Cases
Cascade County - 9 Cases
Madison County - 6 Cases
Toole County - 6 Cases
Lincoln County - 5 Cases
Park County - 4 Cases
Lake County - 4 Cases
Deer Lodge County - 3 Cases
Broadwater County - 3 Cases
Jefferson County - 2 Cases
Ravalli County - 1 Cases
Musselshell County - 1 Cases
Meagher County - 1 Cases
Roosevelt County - 1 Cases
Hill County - 1 Cases
Liberty County - 1 Cases

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. Each county with confirmed cases can be clicked, which shows how many cases there are, and provides the gender and the age range for all cases. County health departments and the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services release data by county only, and do not provide information on which towns the patients live in. In some cases, patients or family members have chosen to publicly release information.

Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Tuesday that a fifth Montanan has died from COVID-19. No further details were provided about the person who died.

The first death was 77-year old Lincoln County resident Jim Tomlin, whose death was reported on Friday. On Sunday afternoon, public health officials confirmed the death of a Madison County resident who had tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, officials in Toole County confirmed two deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Gov. Bullock also said Tuesday that of the COVID-19 cases confirmed in Montana, 32 have recovered and been released from isolation.

Montana is currently under a "stay at home" order due to the coronavirus pandemic.

QUARANTINE FOR TRAVELERS: On Monday afternoon, Governor Steve Bullock directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. Bullock said the directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes. It requires a self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of a non-work trip to Montana, whichever is shorter. It also instructs the Montana Department of Commerce to advise vacation listing and rental sites that they must notify potential out-of-state renters about the quarantine requirement. Health care workers are excluded from the directive. In addition, the directive authorizes the Montana National Guard to conduct temperature checks at Montana airports and rail stations and screen for potential exposure history for travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country.

As of Tuesday evening, the DPHHS public health lab in Helena has completed 4,558 tests for COVID-19. Officials know that the number of actual cases is undoubtedly much higher, and are continuing to test in accordance with CDC guidelines. The "recovery rate" for Montana has not yet been determined, as COVID-19 is still relatively new in our state and there is not enough data to calculate an accurate rate at this point.

Bullock issued an order on Tuesday prohibiting evictions of tenants and prohibiting landlords from charging late fees on rentals for the duration of his "stay at home" order, which runs through April 10th (but could be extended). The order also prevents water or heat from being shut off during the state of emergency; several utility companies in Montana have already announced they were forgoing utility shutoffs during this period. Click here for more details.

  • NOTE: Some confirmed cases are being re-assigned to other counties - for instance, a Glacier County case was re-assigned to Toole County, because the patient was tested and treated in Glacier County (Cut Bank), but actually lives in Toole County. That has happened in several cases. We know that it can be confusing - we are trying to keep things as accurate as possible as the situation changes.

"STAY AT HOME" ORDER: Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday afternoon issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations as efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continue. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. Click here for complete details.

The order will be in effect through Friday, April 10, and requires all businesses and operations in Montana, except for essential businesses and operations as defined in the directive, to stop all activities within the state. The Directive also prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or place of residence.

The order does not prohibit restaurants from continuing to offer take-out, curb-side, and delivery service.

Here's a list of Bozeman-area and Butte-area restaurants offering services.

Employees who are not sure if they are considered essential should talk with their manager/business owner. Business owners with questions can call at 1-800-755-6672 and leave messages 24-hours a day and will receive a prompt response, according to Bullock. *CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TEXT OF THE DIRECTIVE*