Montana COVID-19 Thursday Morning Report
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services updated Wednesday's statewide COVID-19 report, adding 10 more positive virus results. The new total is 227, with Gallatin County continuing to increase each day - now at 85 cases. Billings is at 34 and Kalispell is reporting 17 positive cases, while Missoula has 16. Ravalli County remains at 1. In Ravalli County, 120 tests have been performed so far. Yesterday, another 402 people were tested statewide, adding to the testing total, which is now 5,320. DPHHS also reports 20 people hospitalized.
Dr. Carol Calderwood of the Ravalli County COVID-19 Incident Management Team urged people to continue "social distancing" and stay home. She expects more cases to develop in the Bitterroot Valley, but said in a news release, "We can lessen the impact by distancing. We can only do this together." People who are coming into the valley after being out of state or out of the country need to self-quarantine for 14 days and call the emergency operations center at 375-6650. In fact, if you have questions about the pandemic, call that number.