Big Horn County Announces 18 Newly-confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Includes seven (7) under age of 20 and three (3) over 60—19 Nov

HARDIN, MONTANA (November 18, 2020) – Big Horn County added 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Three (3) patients were asymptomatic (without symptoms) and 15 presented with symptoms when tested. Of the 18 cases, eight (8) were likely contracted through community spread and ten (10) cases could be traced by public health to previously-known cases of coronavirus.
The new cases are:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals
Under age 10 1 1 2
Age 10 – 19 2 3 5
Age 20 – 29 1 2 3
Age 30 – 39 – 1 1
Age 40 – 49 2 – 2
Age 50 – 59 1 1 2
Age 60 – 69 1 1 2
Over age 70 – 1 1
Totals 8 10 18
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 70 71 141
Age 10 – 19 139 136 275
Age 20 – 29 154 137 291
Age 30 – 39 147 145 292
Age 40 – 49 121 95 216
Age 50 – 59 125 92 217
Age 60 – 69 97 87 184
Over age 70 79 53 132
Totals 932 816 1,748 1,506 196 46
Recoveries in the County remain at 1,506. 46 persons are deceased. Of the 196 active cases, 180 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 16.

Month
Number of Cases Number of Deaths
April 3 –
May 27 –
June 44 3
July 249 5
August 357 8
September 294 7
October 456 17
November (11/18/2020 to date) 318 6
Total since Pandemic Began 1,748 46
With the rising trend in new COVID-19 cases, it is more important than ever to follow the three W’s: Wash your hands; Watch your distance from other people; Wear a mask. 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 outside.
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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