Montana sees 21st virus death, logs 75 cases during weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Montana health officials reported 75 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and counted an additional death on Monday.

Officials did not provide immediate details about the identity of the individual, who marks the state’s 21st death from the novel coronavirus.

More than 2,800 tests were reported between Friday and Sunday, with 32 new cases announced Saturday, 20 on Sunday and 23 on Monday.

The 32 cases reported on Saturday mark the second highest single-day case tally in the state, trailing only the 35 cases reported on March 26.

The new cases include 16 cases each in Big Horn County and Gallatin County.

Big Horn County officials reported that most newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 were in individuals under the age of 35.

“The Commissioners are looking at innovative ways to encourage young people to wear masks to prevent the spread of this virus to their elders and other more vulnerable family members,’’ said George Real Bird III, Big Horn County Board of Commissioners and Public Health Board Chairman.

Montana’s known case total stands at 740. Fifteen people are hospitalized and 548 have recovered.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.