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Montana COVID cases race past 2,000, led by Yellowstone and Gallatin counties

Chart showing the daily case counts of COVID-19 in Montana as of Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Montana Department of Health and Human Services)

In what’s become a routine update, the state of Montana set another daily record for new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning, racing past the 2,000 mark and landing at 2,096.

State health officials on Wednesday reported 145 new cases of the virus, with 72 of them occurring in Gallatin County and 27 in Yellowstone County. Neither county has issued a face mask requirement, and the state has not announced any plans to roll back to an earlier phase of opening.

Gov. Steve Bullock has scheduled a press call for later this afternoon.

Statewide, 37 people are currently being hospitalized and more than 1,140 cases are considered active. The state has conducted more than 123,000 tests thus far, and 34 people have died.

The state health update also reported five new cases in Missoula County on Wednesday, bringing its total count to 130.

This story will be updated throughout the day.