48 active cases, 3 deaths, 5 hospitalized, 73 recovered
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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As of Wednesday, Oct. 14, Stillwater County has tallied 124 COVID-19 cases involving three deaths, 48 active cases and 73 cases recovered. Five residents were hospitalized out-ofcounty.

Using a population number of 9,698, Stillwater County’s positivity rate would be 1.3 percent.


Clearly gaining speed during the past few weeks are the numbers of people now hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 14, 292 people were hospitalized in Montana hospitals. Thirteen days prior, that number was 166. On Sept. 2, that number was 140.

A total of 920 people have been hospitalized at some point with the virus, which was 4.7 percent of all the known confirmed cases.

COVID-19 patients are currently being cared for at Montana’s larger hospitals, which include Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, Benefis Hospitals, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, Community Medical Center, Kalispell Regional Health, Northern Montana Hospital, St. James Healthcare, St. Patrick Hospital and St. Peters Health, according to an Oct. 12 Hospital Occupancy and Capacity report. Facilities that have more

Facilities that have more than 90 percent of beds occupied include St. Peters Health, St. James Healthcare and the Community Medical Center, according to the report. St. Vincent Health Care in Billings is between 70 percent and 90 percent full.


As of Wednesday, 39 percent of the state had been tested for the virus, with a 1.9 percent positivity rate based on population. When looking at the number of positive tests among those administered, the positivity rate jumps to 4.8 percent — an increase if 1 percentage point since Sept. 30.

Those percentages are based on the following statistics:

Statewide, 414,579 COVID-19 tests have been administered, with 20,210 positive cases. That is a 4.9 percent positivity rate on those tested. Using the population number of 1,068,771, the state positivity rate would be 1.9 percent.

There were 668 new cases reported for Tuesday and 4,928 tests administered on that day as well.

The death count is now 225 — marking a 1.1 percent fatality rate with confirmed cases.

During the previous 108 days, 217,944 tests have been administered, with an average of 137 new cases per day.

The number of recovered cases outpaced active cases, at 12.068 and 7,917 respectively. There are currently 292 active hospitalizations.


The 20-29 age group continues to drive the virus, accounting for 22 percent of all cases, according to the Montana Department of Health and Humans Services (DPHHS).

In second place is the 30-39 age group, which accounts for 16 percent of all cases.

The next three age groups are in a close tie. The 40-49 group and the 50-59 group each accounts for 13 percent of all cases, with the 10-19 age group accounting for 12 percent of all cases. The remaining demographics are as follows:

•60-69:10 percent

•70-79: 6 percent

•0-9: 4 percent

•80-89: 3 percent

•90-99: 1 percent


Absarokee, Columbus and Park City schools have reportedly had a cumulative total of five positives reported, according to the state school database. All three school districts remain open. Another 525 cases at 12 universities and colleges have also been reported.

Statewide, 483 students and 195 staff at 678 primary schools throughout the state, according to the Department of Health and Family Services database.


Currently there are 48 counties with four or more active cases — 14 of which are in triple-digit numbers. As it has for weeks, Yellowstone County leads with 1,565 active cases, followed by Flathead at 1,187, Cascade at 736, Gallatin at 615, Missoula at 570, Glacier at 515, Roosevelt at 324, Lewis and Clark at 260, Hill at 200, Toole at 166, Big Horn at 145, Lake at 125, Silver Bow at 125 and Deer Lodge at 103.

The remaining counties with four or more cases include the following:

-Beaverhead: 83

-Blaine: 80

-Carbon: 44

-Choteau: 13

-Custer: 41

-Dawson: 50

-Fallon: 22

-Fergus: 68

-Granite: 19

-Jefferson: 29

-Liberty: 5

-Lincoln: 99

-Madison: 10

-Meagher: 6

-Musselshell: 13

-Park: 49

-Phillips: 5

-Pondera: 31

-Powder River: 18

-Powell: 15

-Prairie: 24

-Ravalli: 76

-Richland: 93

-Rosebud: 96

-Sanders: 36

-Sheridan: 16

-Stillwater: 48

-Sweet Grass: 7

-Teton: 20

-Valley: 84

-Wheatland: 34

-Wibaux: 16


National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday showed a total of 7,787,548 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 214,446 deaths. That is a 2.7 percent death rate in confirmed cases. 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 for those tested is approximately 2.4 percent.

Sources for the above information included but were not limited to the CDC, Stillwater Community Health, the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Census Bureau.