Big Horn County Announces Eight (8) Newly-confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Includes two (2) over the age of 70—17 Oct

HARDIN, MONTANA (October 16, 2020) – Big Horn County added eight (8) new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Six (6) presented with symptoms and two (2) were asymptomatic (without symptoms) when tested. Four (4) patients were found through contact tracing of previously-reported patients and four (4) likely contracted the virus through community spread, as there are no known contacts with previous cases at this time.
The new cases are:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals
Under age 10 – – –
Age 10 – 19 – 1 1
Age 20 – 29 2 – 2
Age 30 – 39 1 – 1
Age 40 – 49 1 – 1
Age 50 – 59 1 – 1
Age 60 – 69 – – –
Over age 70 2 – 2
Totals 7 1 8
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 50 54 104
Age 10 – 19 88 100 188
Age 20 – 29 105 96 201
Age 30 – 39 105 111 216
Age 40 – 49 79 58 137
Age 50 – 59 76 64 140
Age 60 – 69 69 60 129
Over age 70 50 36 86
Totals 622 579 1,201 1,037 129 35
Recoveries in Big Horn County remain at 1,037. 35 persons are deceased. Of the 129 active cases, 110 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 19.
Month
Number of Cases Number of Deaths
April 3 –
May 27 –
June 44 3
July 249 5
August 357 8
September 294 7
October to date (10/17/2020) 227 12
Total since Pandemic Began 1,201 35
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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