Montana added 169 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and three more of its residents have died due to the virus.
The number of confirmed active cases in Montana rose to 1,087, according to the latest update to the state virus mapping and tracking website. The three deaths reported by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services brought the statewide death toll of the coronavirus pandemic to 1,574 people.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department announced Thursday that a man in his 70s died at a hospital April 18, with the health department receiving a death certificate this week attributing his death to COVID-19. Gallatin City-County Health Department Health Officer Matt Kelley sent the department’s condolences to the man’s friends and family in a press release. The virus has now killed a total of 62 Gallatin County residents.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is here and appointments are readily available in Gallatin County. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. The virus is still spreading in our communities so it is very important to continue social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing face coverings, washing hands, and staying home when sick,” Kelley said in the statement from the health department.
Daniels and Musselshell counties each reported one death as well Saturday.
Montana healthcare workers administered about 6,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past day, with total vaccinations amounting to 719,024 doses. Those doses have led to more than 331,000 Montanans now considered to be fully vaccinated against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a person to be completely immunized two weeks after receiving a final required vaccine dose.
The latest information on vaccine availability in the state can be found by visiting vaccinefinder.org.
Just under 109,000 Montanans have tested positive for COVID-19 since the state’s first case in March 2020. Of those who have tested positive, 106,324 are considered to be recovered, meeting the CDC’s standards for a person to safely leave isolation without potentially spreading the virus.
The number of people currently hospitalized in Montana due to COVID-19 rose to 53 on Saturday, up by three from the previous day. The virus has hospitalized a total of 5,021 people in the state.
Another 3,457 COVID-19 tests were completed by Saturday, for a total of 1,298,553.
Counties added the following number of cases in Saturday’s update:
- Gallatin County with 37 (182 active)
- Cascade County with 24 (135 active)
- Yellowstone County with 24 (165 active)
- Flathead County with 21 (132 active)
- Lewis and Clark County with 17 (81 active)
- Blaine County with eight (21 active)
- Fergus County with five (11 active)
- Ravalli County with five (39 active)
- Silver Bow County with five (21 active)
- Missoula County with four (58 active)
- Pondera County with four (15 active)
- Custer County with two (five active)
- Park County with two (52 active)
- Stillwater County with two (four active)
- Teton County with two (nine active)
- Hill County with one (10 active)
- Lake County with one (24 active)
- Powell County with one (six active)
- Richland County with one (six active)
- Sanders County with one (three active)
- Sweet Grass County with one (three active)
- Toole County with one (three active)