Big Horn County Announces 44th Death from COVID-19 31 newly-confirmed cases added—17 Nov

HARDIN, MONTANA (November 16, 2020) – Big Horn County today announced the 44th death of a County resident due to complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decedent is a man in his 70’s who was hospitalized prior to his death. He died yesterday, Sunday, November 15, 2020.
This is the 4th death recorded in November. The County’s fatality rate is 2.6% (44 deaths out of 1,703 total cases).
To his family and friends, the Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition extends our sincere condolences and prayers for comfort at this most difficult time.
Big Horn County added 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, November 16, 2020. Five (5) patients were asymptomatic (without symptoms) and 26 presented with symptoms when tested. Of the 31 cases, 11 were likely contracted through community spread and 20 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
Age 10 – 19 1 3 4
Age 20 – 29 4 1 5
Age 30 – 39 4 1 5
Age 40 – 49 3 3 6
Age 50 – 59 2 – 2
Age 60 – 69 2 1 3
Over age 70 3 2 5
Totals 19 12 31
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 67 69 136
Age 10 – 19 135 132 267
Age 20 – 29 151 135 286
Age 30 – 39 143 141 284
Age 40 – 49 118 92 210
Age 50 – 59 123 88 211
Age 60 – 69 96 85 181
Over age 70 77 51 128
Totals 910 793 1,703 1,506 154 44
Recoveries in the County increased by 84 to 1,506. 44 persons are deceased. Of the 154 active cases, 136 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 18.
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 (11/16/2020 to date) 273 4
Total since Pandemic Began 1,703 44
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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