3 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Flathead County

Statewide total rises to 354 on Thursday as Montana nears the end of its second week under stay-at-home order

By Tristan Scott
A health care worker performs a test at the window of a patient’s car at a COVID-19 testing site in Whitefish on March 26, 2020. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

3 New Cases in Flathead County

19 New Cases in Montana

462 New Tests

354 Total Cases in Montana

34 Total Cases in Flathead County

6 Total Deaths

36 Hospitalizations

157 Recovered

7,860 Total Tests

Health officials on Thursday confirmed three additional cases of COVID-19 in Flathead County, raising the county’s total to 34 and the state’s total number of cases to 354 as 19 new individuals tested positive for the illness.

Flathead County’s new cases of the illness arrive just as local health officials confirmed evidence of community spread in the area. Earlier in the week, Flathead City-County Health Officer Hillary Hanson said six individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 reportedly had no travel history and no known contact with anyone confirmed to have the coronavirus.

Those cases mark the first instances of known community spread in the valley, though health officials suspected person-to-person transmissions were already occurring.

Gallatin County added eight new cases on April 9, raising its total to 128, the most in the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock extended a statewide stay-at-home order for all Montana residents until April 24, pushing his previous directive forward by two weeks while also stretching school closures and restrictions on non-essential businesses.

Bullock also encouraged residents to wear cloth masks and face coverings in public settings in which social distancing is a challenge, such as in lines or while shopping at the grocery store or pharmacy. The recommendation follows that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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