STILLWATER STATS 95 active, 7 hospitalized

Thursday, November 5, 2020
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A 2-day spike in COVID-19 cases has pushed Stillwater County’s active case count to 95.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 4, the county has had 259 COVID-19 cases involving three deaths, 95 active cases and 161 cases recovered. Seven residents are hospitalized out-of-county. Using a population number of 9,698, Stillwater County’s positivity rate would be 2.7 percent.


As of Wednesday, Nov. 4, 407 people were hospitalized with the virus. One week ago, that number was 374. On Oct. 12, that number was 291. And on Sept. 2, that number was 140.

A total of 1,402 people have been hospitalized at some point, which is 3.9 percent of all confirmed cases.

The number of new cases each day has continued to grow as well.

Based on data from the last 129 days, that number now averages 220 cases per day.

One week ago, that daily average was 184. 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


As of Wednesday, 517,288 COVID-19 tests have been administered, with 35,955 positive cases. That is a 6.9 percent positivity rate on those tested. Using the population number of 1,068,771, the state positivity rate would be 3.4 percent.

There were 793 new cases reported for Monday and 4,764 tests administered on that day as well.

The death count is now 404 — marking a 1.1 percent fatality rate with confirmed cases.

The number of recovered cases outpaced active cases, at 22,146 and 13,405 respectively.


Currently, there are 53 counties with four or more active cases — 19 of which are in triple-digit numbers. Five counties have now reached quadrupledigit numbers, lead by Yellowstone County at 2,908 and followed by Cascade at 1,526, Gallatin at 1,544 and Missoula at 1,128 and Flathead at 1,087.

Triple-digit counties include Lewis & Clark at 936, Hill at 458, Roosevelt at 408, Ravalli at 395, Big Horn at 308, Lake at 234, Silver Bow at 188, Powell at 182, Glacier at 154, Rosebud at 155, Blaine at 142, Custer at 137, Dawson at 108 and Deer Lodge at 104.

The remaining counties were as follows:

-Beaverhead: 37

-Broadwater: 71

-Carbon: 51

-Carter: 41

-Choteau: 60

-Daniels: 19

-Fallon: 41

-Fergus: 91

-Garfield: 10

-Golden Valley: 6

-Granite: 34

-Jefferson: 81

-Judith Basin: 6

-Liberty: 9

-Lincoln: 78

-Madison: 45

-McCone: 7

-Meagher: 19

-Musselshell: 37

-Park: 91

-Phillips: 38

-Pondera: 28

-Powder River: 12

-Richland: 63

-Sanders: 20

-Sheridan: 30

-Stillwater: 95

-Sweet Grass: 42

-Teton: 9

-Toole: 18

-Treasure: 5

-Valley: 72

-Wheatland: 26

-Wibaux: 5


As of Oct. 28, a total of 1,448 COVID-19 cases associated with schools had been reported to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS). An additional 1,160 cases had been reported by a total of 15 colleges and universities. MSU Bozeman had the most with 425 cases while the University of Montana was in second with 315 cases.

In Stillwater County, cases were reported in Absarokee, Fishtail, Columbus and Park City involving six staff and 17 students.


As of Nov. 3, a Hospital Occupancy Report showed that of the state’s 10 largest facilities, St. Vincent Health Care and St. Peters Health had more than 90 percent of their beds occupied.

Billings Clinic, Benefis Hospitals and Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital were each between 70 percent and 90 percent of bed occupancy. Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Northern Montana Hospital, St. James Healthcare, St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical center were at less than 70 percent bed occupancy.

The Hospital Occupancy Report shows the status of the 10 largest hospitals as well as five specialty and 50 “critical access” hospitals in Montana.

Of the specialty hospitals, Advanced Care Hospital of Montana, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana and Shodair Children’s Hospital are currently above the 90 percent bed occupancy status. Fourteen of the critical access hospitals are between 70 percent and 90 percent bed occupancy.


    National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday showed a total of 9,428,319 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 233,116 deaths. That is a 2.5 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 2.8 percent.

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