UPDATED – Montana COVID-19 Friday Report
Gallatin County and Toole County showed the greatest day-to-day increase in positive COVID-19 tests in Friday afternoon's report from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. On April 3, Gallatin County (Bozeman) passed the century mark with 101 and rural Toole County now has 12 cases. Billings reported 38. In Western Montana, Kalispell was up to 20, Missoula is at 20 and Lake County stayed at 4 positive tests.
Friday evening, after the state report, the Ravalli County COVID-19 Incident Management Team announced the second case of COVID-19. The patient is a male in his 60s and is now isolated at home. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said the infection was associated with travel. Public Health is fully investigating the exposure. The news release said that additional positive cases were expected.
An earlier statement from Dr. Carol Calderwood, "Believe that every single voluntary action we take is making a difference: self distancing and reminding your kids of distancing, essential travel, buying only what you need, checking on a neighbor or calling a person that may be confined to assisted living or a nursing home. We are - together - making a difference." For questions on recommendations and COVID-19, call 375-6650 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.