Virus claimed 2nd Stillwater County resident

Woman had just turned 70
Monday, August 24, 2020
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A second Stillwater County resident has died a COVID-19 related death.

The woman was in her early 70s who had “minimal underlying” health condition has passed away in an out-of-county hospital, according to a press release from Stillwater County Health Nurse Natasha Sailer.

The woman contracted the virus in Stillwater County and was living in her own home, said Sailer.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the patient’s family, friends and loved ones who are grieving the loss of this individual,” said Stillwater County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Cody White. “It is difficult to watch this disease progress and impact our local communities. This death weighs heavy on each of us and continues to be a stark reminder of the dangers of COVID-19.”

White urges the community to stay vigilant about staying home when ill, frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.

“As community members, family, and friends, we must all work together to protect our most vulnerable individuals,” said Dr. White.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon, Aug. 24.

Stillwater County has had 34 COVID-19 cases and involving two deaths, 24 cases now recovered and eight cases still active. That means the governor’s mask directive remains in effect for Stillwater County. Masks are strongly recommended by Public Health and Gov. Bullock, even when the active case count falls under four.

As of Wednesday, 21 of Montana’s 56 counties had four or more cases.


There have now been 238,260 COVID-19 tests administered in Montana, with 6,785 positive cases. That is a 2.8 percent positivity rate on those tested. Using the population number of 1,068,771, the state positivity rate would be approximately .63 percent.

There were 162 new cases reported for Tuesday and 1,753 tests administered on that day as well.

The death count is now 98 — that marks a 1.44 percent fatality rate of confirmed cases.

During the previous 60 days, 87,301 tests have been administered, with an average of 93.3 new cases per day.

For the 39th time in 45 days, the number of recovered cases outpaced active cases, at 4,983 and 1,704 respectively. That means more than 2.5 times more people have recovered than are currently infected. There are currently 125 active hospitalizations.

National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday showed a total of 5,715,567 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 176,617 deaths. That is a 3.1 percent death rate for confirmed cases. Using national population numbers — which range from 328,239,523 to 331,117,471 — the national positivity rate for those tested is between 1.74 percent and 1.7 percent for those tested.

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


Yellowstone County’s active case count continues to climb and had hit 847 by Tuesday. That is more than four times higher than the second most active county in the state, which is Big Horn County with 185 active cases. Joining the triple-digit locations is Flathead County at 119 active cases and Rosebud County at 142, according to the Governor’s Coronarvirus Task Force.

The following are counties with four or more active cases and currently under the governor’s mask directive:

-Carbon: 5

-Cascade: 92

-Deer Lodge: 8

-Gallatin: 26

-Glacier: 38

-Hill: 25

-Lake: 11

-Lewis and Clark: 39

-Lincoln: 5

-Missoula: 39

-Phillips: 5

-Powell: 8

-Powell: 8 -Ravalli: 7

-Roosevelt: 5

-Sanders: 15

-Silver Bow: 6

Why the 4-case threshold?

When asked how Gov. Steve Bullock settled on four cases as the trigger number that required counties to wear face masks, Bullock’s office answered as following:

“The number of four active cases allows the over a dozen counties with zero or fewer than four cases to make their own local decision on a mask requirement, but also still provides for the implementation of a proven method to slow the spread of the virus and help prevent further outbreaks once a county reaches more than four active cases.