Active case count drops to 2, mask directive no longer in effect for Stillwater County
Thursday, July 30, 2020
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As of Wednesday, July 29, there had been 165,355 COVID-19 tests administered in Montana, with 3,676 positive cases. That is a 2.2 percent positivity rate.

There were 201 new cases reported Tuesday and 3,947 tests administered Monday. That is the second highest single-day new case total so far.

The death count is now 54 — up four from the previous day. That marks a 1.46 percent fatality rate. During the previous 32 days, 28,097 tests have been administered, with an average of 86.5 new cases per day.

For the 10th time in 17 days, the number of recovered cases was higher than active cases, at 2,212 and 1,430 respectively. There are currently 59 active hospitalizations.

There are now 18 cases in Stillwater County, with two still active. That means the governor’s mask directive is no longer in effect for Stillwater County. Should the active case count rise to four at any point, that directive would once again be implemented.

National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday showed a total of 4,339,997 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 148,866 deaths. That is a 3.43 percent death rate. Using national population numbers — which range f r o m 3 2 8 , 2 3 9 , 5 2 3 t o 331,117,471 — the national positivity rate is between 1.32 percent and 1.31 percent.

Sources for the above information include the CDC, Stillwater Community Health, the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S . Census Bureau.


In a press call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon with Governor Steve Bullock, a 23-year-old Helena woman shared her experience with contracting the virus.

Most notably is a statement the woman made directed at her peers — the 20 to 29 age group.

“We’re driving the spread of this,” said the woman.

Bullock had earlier said that the current trend in Montana is residents under 40 — and even more so, under 30 — accounting for more than half of all the state’s COVID-19 cases.

The woman said she didn’t know where she contracted the virus and hadn’t been very concerned about it. She spoke of suffering from fatigue, fevers, a lack of appetite and a loss of smell. Three weeks into it and she can just now go on a short walk.

“I’m young. I’m healthy. I’m active,” she said of her physical state prior to getting COVID-19. Now, she said her mind feels “constantly clouded.”

She urged other young people to pay more attention to the pandemic and be more careful.


Bullock identified nine counties that he referred to as hot spots — Big Horn, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, Lake, Flathead, Missoula, Cascade and Lewis and Clark. State and local officials are tracking data from these counties closely, as some are having a hard time “getting their hands around it,” said Bullock.

T h e g o v e r n o r a l s o offered praise of a Billings wedding venue that has found a way to safely help couples conduct weddings while observing all the recommended social distancing and non-touch guidelines. There have been no positive cases at that venue.

While much of the state is taking preventative steps seriously, Bullock said some are not and its those people who are endangering the state’s ability to remain open.

The governor also said that it often takes three to four weeks of widespread mask - wearing to see results. Montana is just two weeks into the mask directive.

Yellowstone and Big Horn counties are 2 of 9 hot spots identified by Gov. Bullock.