Montana reaches two sad COVID milestones

Daily COVID-19 cases, Montana.

Montana surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today and over 150 Montanans have now died to the pandemic after a spike in new cases Friday broke another state record.

“Over 150 deaths due to COVID-19 is a milestone we prayed we would not reach, and this virus continues to present difficult challenges in communities of our state,” Governor Steve Bullock said. “While Montanans are known for our independent spirit, we are capable of unified action towards a common goal – and it is through that community-mindedness that we can keep moving forward, save lives, and overcome COVID-19.”

There were 293 new cases of novel coronavirus infections confirmed in the state between 10 a.m. Friday and 9:59 a.m. today, bringing the cumulative total to 10,163. Flathead County added 39 new cases, bringing the county total to 826, making it the third hardest-hit county in the Big Sky Country.

Yellowstone County County leads that dubious race with 2,797 cases, Gallatin County is next with 1,200 cases.

Lincoln County added one new confirmed case, bring the total to 105.

Of the 10,163 Montanans infected with COVID-19, 2,454 cases are currently active with 104 of the sick in the hospital as of 10 a.m. today; 156 Montanans have died and 7,553 have recovered.

In Idaho, 388 new cases in the day ended at 5 p.m. Friday bring the Gem State’s total COVID-19 count to 37,247; 441 Idahoans have succumbed to the illness.

In the Panhandle, 43 new cases were confirmed Friday, bringing the total to 3,128 in the five northern counties. There were 17 hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. Friday, 55 North Idahoans have died of the illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 49,575 new cases were confirmed in the U.S. in the 24 hours ended at 12:46 p.m. Eastern today, 983 Americans died.

Johns Hopkins lists 6,762,361 Americans infected during the almost nine months since novel coronavirus was discovered, 199,207 have died, as the U.S., still the world leader in COVID-19 numbers and deaths, continues nearly rudderless and unable to find and stay a course to effectively deal with it.

Globally, Johns Hopkins shows 30,619,046 COVID-19 cases and 953,989 deaths.

Daily COVID-19 cases, Idaho.