First Meadowlark COVID-19 related death, 36 active cases

Monday, October 5, 2020
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The first COVID-19 related death from the outbreak at the Caslen Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility in Columbus was reported today, Oct. 5.

There have now been three deaths in the county, with a total case count of 93.

The resident was in the 80-age range and died at an out-of-county hospital.

“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.  This death weighs heavy on each of us and continues to be a stark reminder of the dangers of this disease,” said Stillwater County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Cody White in a press release.

There are currently 36 active cases, 54 cases recovered and two residents are currently hospitalized. Using a population number of 9,698, Stillwater County’s positivity rate would be .95.

During the last handful of days, the active case count has been as high as 42


Statewide, 369,975 COVID-19 tests have been administered, with 14,847 positive cases. That is a percent positivity rate on those tested. Using the population number of 1,068,771, the state positivity rate would be 1.4 percent.

There were 212 new cases reported for Monday and 12,562 tests administered on that day as well. 

The death count is now 190 — marking a 1.3 percent fatality rate with confirmed cases.

During the previous 98 days, a total of 193,631 tests have been administered, with an average of 113 new cases per day. 

For the 75th time in 86 days, the number of recovered cases outpaced active cases, at 9,649 and 5,008 respectively.

There are currently 201active hospitalizations.            


As of last Wednesday, Sept. 30, 300 students and 132 staff had tested positive in a total of 432 Montana schools, in addition to another 345 cases associated with 10 universities and colleges, according to the state’s school database. That database is updated every Wednesday afternoon or early evening.


There are now 46 counties with four or more active cases — 10 of which are in triple-digit numbers. Yellowstone leads continues to lead with 1,164, followed by Flathead with 730, Cascade with 471, Missoula with 336, Gallatin with 318, Glacier with 281, Roosevelt with 238, Lewis and Clark with 173, Big Horn with 157 and Rosebud with 121.


National numbers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday showed a total of 7,359,952COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and 208,821deaths. That is a 2.8 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 2.2 percent.

Sources for the above information include the Centers for Disease Control, Stillwater Community Health, the Governor's Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Census Bureau.