Coronavirus cases climb to 12 in Missoula County; state reports second official death
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Montana grew to 171 on Monday morning while the number of hospitalizations climbed to 10.
Missoula County began the weekend with its eighth confirmed case, though by Monday the number of COVID-19 cases had grown to 12. Gallatin County saw its cases climb to 67.
Two Montana patients have died from the virus, including a Madison County individual announced on Sunday.
“I’m saddened to hear that a second Montanan has died from COVID-19,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a statement. “No matter in which community we live, the impact of each loss of life has a ripple effect all throughout the state and serves as a reminder of how serious this disease is. Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community of this Montanan.”
Bullock announced the first death due to COVID-19 in Montana last Thursday. The first person who died was confirmed as a 77-year old Lincoln County man. A third death was reported by the Cut Bank Pioneer newspaper over the weekend, though the state hasn't confirmed the case.
No figures have been provided on county-by-county testing. To date, the state has completed 4,132 tests.
Missoula County officials believe there are more positive cases than have been reported and, last week, they expressed frustration over a lack of supplies needed to test more individuals.
Total cases by county are now as follows:
- Gallatin County – 67 Cases
- Yellowstone County – 26 Cases
- Missoula County – 12 Cases
- Lewis and Clark County – 11 Cases
- Silver Bow County – 9 Cases
- Cascade County – 7 Cases
- Flathead County - 9 Cases
- Toole County – 6 Cases
- Madison County – 4 Cases
- Broadwater County – 3 Cases
- Lincoln County – 4 Cases
- Park County – 2 Cases
- Jefferson County – 2 Cases
- Lake County – 3 Cases
- Deer Lodge County – 2 Case
- Ravalli County – 1 Case
- Meagher County – 1 Case
- Roosevelt County – 1 Case
- Hill County – 1 Cases