Coronavirus cases in Montana climb to 319

Montana state health officials report 319 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday evening.

That’s an increase from 299 reported cases reported Monday morning.

Six people have died as of Monday, with 27 hospitalizations in the state.

News case as of April 6:

  • Lewis and Clark: M70-79
  • Yellowstone: M70-79
  • Yellowstone: F20-29
  • Yellowstone: F40-49
  • Yellowstone: M40-49
  • Gallatin: M60-69
  • Gallatin: M40-49
  • Yellowstone: M60-69
  • Yellowstone: F50-59
  • Carbon: F40-49
  • Yellowstone: F20-29
  • Missoula: F30-39
  • Missoula: F50-59
  • Missoula: M30-39
  • Flathead: M50-59
  • Flathead: M80-89
  • Flathead: F70-79
  • Flathead: F10-19
  • Flathead: F40-49
  • Total COVID Cases in Montana: 319
  • Total number of tests completed since last report: 196
  • Total Number of Tests: 6985

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Monday marks 10 days into Governor Bullock’s 14-day stay-at-home order.

The directive from Gov. Steve Bullock aimed at fighting the pandemic’s spread.

People are allowed to leave home for necessities such as food or medical care, along with other exceptions.

Current closure orders and social distancing requirements:

On Thursday, March 26, Governor Bullock issued a Stay At Home Directive, effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, through April 10, on Friday Bullock indicated there will be an extension on those dates.

Per the governor’s directive, Montanans are required to stay at home or at their place of residence to the greatest extent possible.

Nonessential social and recreational gatherings of individuals outside of a home or place of residence are prohibited, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained.

All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for essential activities or to operate essential businesses or operations as defined in the directive.

Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are permitted and urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.

The governor’s order closes all non-essential businesses and operations through April 10.

Travel should be limited to essential travel and travel for essential activities.

Essential activities include leaving home for health and safety, obtaining necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of work, and taking care of others.

Those facing domestic violence situations do not have to shelter in place and can seek shelter elsewhere and guidance at the National Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

The essential businesses list can be found in the directive. Businesses with questions can contact a dedicated state line at 1-800-755-6672. They should not call the Health Department.

The governor’s directive includes the following social distancing requirements for essential businesses and operations:

Designate six-foot distances. Designating with signage, tape or by other means six-foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance.

Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers.

Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.

Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely.