Big Horn County Announces 16 Newly-confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Including five (5) teens and two (2) over the age of 70—11 Oct

HARDIN, MONTANA (October 10, 2020) – Big Horn County added 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, October 9, 2020. Of the 16 patients, 11 presented with symptoms and five (5) were asymptomatic (without symptoms) when tested. Six (6) likely contracted the virus through community spread, as there are no known contacts with previous cases at this time and ten (10) patients were found through contact tracing of previously-reported patients.
The new cases are:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals
Under age 10 – – –
Age 10 – 19 1 4 5
Age 20 – 29 2 – 2
Age 30 – 39 – 4 4
Age 40 – 49 2 – 2
Age 50 – 59 – – –
Age 60 – 69 1 – 1
Over age 70 – 2 2
Totals 6 10 16
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 47 50 97
Age 10 – 19 81 93 174
Age 20 – 29 91 86 177
Age 30 – 39 96 106 202
Age 40 – 49 68 52 120
Age 50 – 59 66 61 127
Age 60 – 69 60 55 115
Over age 70 42 31 73
Totals 551 534 1,085 963 94 28
Recoveries in Big Horn County increased by 70 to 963. 28 persons are deceased. Of the 94 active cases, 77 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in hospitals in the region remains at 17.
Month Number of Cases
April 3
May 27
June 44
July 249
August 357
September 294
October to date (10/09/2020) 111
The County asks all residents to please continue stay home more often and to avoid events or gatherings. Also, the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Public Health ask everyone to wear a mask and social distance when outside of their homes and in public. Masks are required when engaged in indoor activities, such as shopping. Masks are not necessary in the event that residents are outdoors and unlikely to come within six (6) feet of other people, such as while taking advantage of our beautiful county, to work, recreate, or exercise.
Tracking down contacts to a positive case (contact tracing) is one of the best tools public health can use to slow the spread of the virus. If you believe you were in the presence of a recently confirmed COVID-19 case for more than five (5) minutes, please call public health so that a nurse may interview you and determine what level of exposure you have:
• IHS Public Health Nursing: (406) 638-3478
• Big Horn County Public Health: (406) 665-8720
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Big Horn County is the sixth largest county in Montana, at approximately 5,023 square miles, and with a population exceeding 13,000. The local government was established January 13, 1913. Hardin is the County Seat. https://www.bighorncountymt.gov/ For more information about the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BHCMTResponds.

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