Big Horn County Announces Eight (8) Newly-confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Over 200 cases in December—21 Dec

HARDIN, MONTANA (December 19, 2020) – Big Horn County added six (6) new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, December 18, 2020, and two (2) new cases on Saturday, December 19, 2020 for a two-day total of eight (8) new cases. Three (3) patients were asymptomatic (without symptoms) and five (5) presented with symptoms when tested. Two (2) patients likely contracted the virus through community spread and six (6) 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 1 2
Age 20 – 29 1 1 2
Age 30 – 39 1 – 1
Age 40 – 49 – – –
Age 50 – 59 – – –
Age 60 – 69 1 – 1
Over age 70 1 – 1
Totals 6 2 8
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 82 84 166
Age 10 – 19 171 170 341
Age 20 – 29 180 152 332
Age 30 – 39 179 164 343
Age 40 – 49 149 111 260
Age 50 – 59 150 108 258
Age 60 – 69 129 103 232
Over age 70 103 69 172
Totals 1,143 961 2,104 1,910 135 59
Recoveries in the County remain at 1,910. 59 persons are deceased. Of the 135 active cases, 115 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 20.

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 473 8
December (12/19/2020 to date) 201 11
Total since Pandemic Began 2,104 59
With the holiday season, 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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