Montana added 232 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and the virus has killed three more residents.
The number of confirmed active cases in Montana rose for the third day in a row to 1,165 cases, according to the state virus mapping and tracking website. The deaths reported Tuesday by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services brought the statewide death toll due to the pandemic to 1,577 people.
Yellowstone County public health officials announced that a man in his 60s died in a Billings hospital May 1, marking the 265th county resident to die because of COVID-19. Gallatin County, which is currently leading the state in active cases with 204, reported an additional death Tuesday. A Beaverhead County resident was also among the three deaths recorded.
Montana health care workers have administered just under 724,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the state since the vaccine rollout began in December 2020. As of Tuesday, 333,221 Montanans were considered to be fully immunized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a person to be fully inoculated two weeks after receiving a final required vaccine dose.
The Associated Press reported that as of Sunday, about 54% of eligible adults in Montana had yet to receive their first vaccine dose. However, around 96% of Montanans who had received a first dose followed through with a second. Multiple county health departments have announced walk-in vaccine clinics in an effort to ensure that no doses allotted go to waste, and information on vaccine availability can be found at vaccinefinder.org.
With the new cases added Tuesday, the cumulative number of Montana residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 reached 109,315 people. Of those who have tested positive, 106,573 have recovered, meeting the standards set by the CDC for a person to safely leave isolation.
Montanans currently hospitalized because of COVID-19 rose Tuesday to 62 people, up from 59 people the previous day. The virus has put a total of 5,043 residents in the hospital since the start of the pandemic.
Another 2,617 COVID-19 tests were completed by Tuesday, for a total of 1,308,207.
Counties added the following number of cases in Tuesday’s update:
- Gallatin County with 60 (204 active)
- Yellowstone County with 31 (163 active)
- Cascade County with 26 (169 active)
- Lewis and Clark County with 17 (87 active)
- Flathead County with 10 (144 active)
- Missoula County with 10 (55 active)
- Big Horn County with nine (16 active)
- Ravalli County with nine (33 active)
- Lake County with eight (28 active)
- Park County with eight (63 active)
- Rosebud County with eight (19 active)
- Hill County with six (12 active)
- Lincoln County with three (nine active)
- Madison County with three (11 active)
- Chouteau County with two (three active)
- Custer County with two (seven active)
- Phillips County with two (two active)
- Pondera County with two (13 active)
- Richland County with two (six active)
- Teton County with two (11 active)
- Broadwater County with one (six active)
- Dawson County with one (one active)
- Deer Lodge County with one (two active)
- Glacier County with one (one active)
- Musselshell County with one (one active)
- Powder River County with one (one active)
- Roosevelt County with one (11 active)
- Sweet Grass County with one (two active)
- Valley County with one (eight active)