COVID-19 Developments Wednesday in Montana
A patient at the Montana State Hospital has died from a COVID-19 related illness. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reported the death of the person from Lewis and Clark County. The death happened Monday at the state psychiatric hospital in Warm Springs. Public Health reports no current active COVID-19 cases at the facility. There have been 9 staff members and 7 other patients infected since an initial positive test July 17. They have all recovered.
In Ravalli County, the Wednesday Public Health update showed two new cases of COVID-19. A man in his 70s was infected by contact with an identified active case. Public Health is investigating the origin of the other positive test of a man in his 20s. There are currently 10 active cases in the valley.
Senator Jon Tester announced another $6 million for Montana from FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund. The money will be sent to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, which has been purchasing and distributing critical supplies and personal protective equipment. The Federal Emergency Management Agency money will cover about 75 percent of those costs. Tester said in a news release, "While we can't put a price on public safety, the costs incurred by our state during this pandemic are very real and the federal government must continue providing assistance to states that have borne the brunt of this crisis."