70 active cases, 6 hospitalized
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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As of Wednesday, Nov. 18, Stillwater County’s COVID-19 case total was 373. Those involved four deaths, 70 active cases and 299 cases recovered. Six residents are hospitalized — two locally and four out-of-county.

Using a population number of 9,698, Stillwater County’s positivity rate would be 3.8 percent.


As of Wednesday, Nov. 18, 463 people were hospitalized with the COVID-19 virus.

One week prior, that number was 472. A week before that, 407 people were hospitalized. On Sept. 2, that number was 140.

A total of 2,202 people have been hospitalized at some point, which is 4.4 percent of all confirmed cases.

The number of new cases each day continues to rise.

Based on data from the last 144 days, Montana is now averaging 302 new cases per day.

On Oct. 1, the average daily new case count was 108.

That number had consistently sat in the upper 80s to upper 90s until mid-September.

It began to climb during the first week of October and has not been below 123 since Oct. 8.


There have been 591,406 COVID-19 tests administered, with 50,582 positive cases. That is a 8.5 percent positivity rate on those tested. Using the population number of 1,068,771, the state positivity rate would be 4.7 percent.

There were 1,232 new cases reported for Tuesday and 7,578 tests administered on that day as well.

The death count is now 561 — marking a 1.1 percent fatality rate with confirmed cases.

During the previous 144 days, 294,322 tests have been administered. The number of recovered cases continues to outpace active cases, at 30,400 and 19,621 respectively. There are currently 463 active hospitalizations.


As of Nov. 12, 2,073 cases had been associated with Montana schools. That was broken down into 1,462 students and 611 staff.

In Stillwater County, 24 cases were reported in the Absarokee, Columbus, Fishtail, Park City and Reed Point schools.

An additional 1,655 cases were reported at 17 different universities — the majority occurring at Montana State University and the University of Montana.


A Nov. 17 COVID-19 Hospital Occupancy and Capacity report showed that four of the state’s 10 largest hospitals were at more than 90 percent of their respective bed capacities. Those included St. Vincent Healthcare, St. Peters Health, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Benefis Hospital. Three were between 70 percent and 90 percent of bed capacity — Billings Clinic, St. James Healthcare and St. Patrick Hospital.

The Hospital Occupancy Report shows the status of the state’s 10 largest facilities, as well as five specialty and 50 “critical access” hospitals.

Of the specialty hospitals, two are at more than 90 percent capacity — Advanced Care Hospital of Montana and The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana. Shodair Children’s Hospital is between 70 percent and 90 percent capacity.

Of the “critical access” hospitals, three are about 90 percent capacity — which included the Stillwater hospital. Thirteen others are between 70 percent and 90 percent bed capacity.


National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday showed a total of 11,419,204 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 249,430 deaths. That is a 2.2 percent death rate in confirmed cases. Using national population numbers — which range from 328,239,523 to 331,117,471 — the national positivity rate for those tested is approximately 3.5 percent.

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