Current COVID-19 Cases in Cascade County

  1. 10/30 Health Officer Order
  2. COVID-19 Complaint Form
  3. Isolation & Quarantine Instructions
  4. Essential Prevention Measures

Read the latest Order of Health Officer here:


https://www.cascadecountymt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1351/10-30-2020_Order-of-Health-Officer_Additional-COVID-restrictions

In a special meeting on Wednesday 10/29/20, the Board of Health approved additional COVID-19 restrictions to slow the spread and reduce the burden on the healthcare system. Here are the measures they approved:

  • Starting Sunday, the number of people at gatherings and events will be capped at 50. Previously, the limit was 250 people for indoor events and 500 outside. (See page 4 of the Health Order.)
  • Schools, childcare facilities and polling places are exempt, as are places of worship if they can maintain six feet of distance between people. Places of worship are still limited to 75% capacity. (See page 4 of the Health Order.)
  • Bars, restaurants, casinos, gyms, movie theatres, and coffee houses will be required to reduce capacity from 75 percent to 50. (See page 3 of the Health Order.)
  • These restrictions will remain in place until Cascade County have achieved an rate of 25 infected persons per 100,000 population and have maintained that rate for four weeks. (See page 3 of the Health Order.)

Thursday 10/29 update:


Yesterday, the Board of Health approved additional COVID-19 restrictions to slow the spread and reduce the burden on the healthcare system. Here are the measures they approved:

  • Starting Sunday, the number of people at gatherings and events will be capped at 50. Previously, the limit was 250 people for indoor events and 500 outside. 
  • Schools, childcare facilities and polling places are exempt, as are places of worship if they can maintain six feet of distance between people. Places of worship are still limited to 75% capacity. 
  • Bars, restaurants, casinos, and coffee houses will be required to reduce capacity from 75 percent to 50. (Restrictions regarding gyms & movie theaters are not included in this order, but remain unchanged.) 

These restrictions will remain in place until we have achieved an rate of 25 infected persons per 100,000 population and have maintained that rate for four weeks.

Today, we have a new high of 119 cases reported by the State:

  •  (2) female 0-9 
  • (2) male 0-9 
  • (11) female 10-19 
  • (5) male 10-19 
  • (9) female 20-29 
  • (12) male 20-29 
  • (7) female 30-39 
  • (5) male 30-39 
  • (7) female 40-49 
  • (11) male 40-49 
  • (10) female 50-59 
  • (7) male 50-59 
  • (5) female 60-69 
  • (6) male 60-69 
  • (6) female 70-79 
  • (3) male 70-79 
  • (6) female 80-89 
  • (3) male 80-89 
  • (1) female 90-99 
  • (1) male 90-99 

Please take the prevention measures that have been recommended countless times by CCHD, DPHHS, and CDC. Wash your hands, stay home when sick, wear a face covering in public, and maintain social distance. 

Don't forget that you can find recommendations for celebrating Halloween safely at this link. These are more important than ever.


Wednesday 10/28 update:

Good evening, Cascade County. Today we have 81 new cases of COVID-19. The Board of Health is currently meeting to vote on what can be done to slow the spread in our community, which unfortunately has over 1000 active cases. This is the second highest number of *active* cases in any county in Montana (Yellowstone has just over 2000).

With Halloween coming this weekend, please be compassionate and celebrate wisely. The high case numbers only reflect a fraction of those whose lives are impacted by COVID-19. There are those who get sick, of course; those who die, and their loved ones; the healthcare and public health workers who have to work very long hours; the schools, business owners, and employees whose livelihoods are impacted by people getting sick and unable to come to work; and many more.

We all have “COVID fatigue,” and no one wants to see another spike in cases two weeks after Halloween. Find information on happy, safe holidays in the time of COVID here: https://www.cascadecountymt.gov/474/COVID-and-Holidays-Special-Events

I will post an update about the Board of Health meeting with tomorrow’s numbers.

10/28/2020 - 81 total cases

  • (1) female 0-9    
  • (1) female 10-19               
  • (6) male 10-19   
  • (6) female 20-29               
  • (4) male 20-29   
  • (5) female 30-39               
  • (10) male 30-39 
  • (3) female 40-49               
  • (5) male 40-49   
  • (7) female 50-59               
  • (8) male 50-59   
  • (2) female 60-69               
  • (7) male 60-69   
  • (5) female 70-79               
  • (5) male 70-79   
  • (1) female 80-89               
  • (5) male 80-89   


Tuesday 10/27 update:

Good afternoon, Cascade County. Today we have 88 total new cases—and, sadly, 12 deaths to report (since 10/15/20). Each individual had underlying health conditions. This brings us to 26 total deaths in our community.

These individuals were:

  • (1) male in his 30s
  • (1) female in her 60s
  • (1) male in his 60s
  • (3) males in their 70s
  • (2) females in their 80s
  • (2) males in their 80s
  • (2) females in their 90s

Health Officer Trisha Gardner states, “Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of these individuals. COVID-19 has many victims beyond the official number of deaths: those who die, but also those they leave behind. We urge everyone in our community to consider the widespread toll this disease takes, and to employ every preventative measure available to them in order to protect our families, friends, neighbors, schools, and businesses. The minor inconvenience caused by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and staying home when sick is far outweighed by the potential benefits to the people around us.”

10/27/2020 - 88 total new cases

  • (1) female 0-9    
  • (1) male 0-9        
  • (4) female 10-19               
  • (2) male 10-19   
  • (18) female 20-29                             
  • (6) male 20-29                   
  • (10) female 30-39                             
  • (9) male 30-39                   
  • (5) female 40-49                               
  • (5) male 40-49                   
  • (7) female 50-59                               
  • (4) male 50-59                   
  • (6) female 60-69                               
  • (3) male 60-69                   
  • (2) female 70-79                               
  • (2) male 70-79   
  • (3) female 80-89               


Monday 10/26 & weekend update: 

Good afternoon, Cascade County. Today we have 24 new cases, as well as an additional 21 cases over the weekend.

Monday 10/26/2020 - 24 total

  • (3) female 10-19               
  • (2) female 20-29               
  • (1) male 20-29   
  • (2) female 30-39               
  • (1) male 30-39   
  • (4) male 40-49   
  • (2) female 50-59               
  • (2) male 50-59   
  • (2) female 60-69               
  • (2) male 60-69   
  • (1) female 70-79               
  • (2) male 70-79   

Sunday 10/25/2020 - 2 total

  • (1) male 40-49
  • (1) female 50-59               

Saturday 10/24/2020 - 19 total

  • (1) female 10-19               
  • (2) male 10-29   
  • (4) female 20-29               
  • (2) male 30-39   
  • (1) female 40-49               
  • (1) male 40-49   
  • (1) female 50-59               
  • (1) male 50-59   
  • (1) female 60-69               
  • (2) male 60-69                  
  • (1) male 70-79   
  • (1) female 80-89               


Friday 10/23/20 update:

Good evening, Cascade County. Tonight we have 61 new cases. Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 2020 at 4 PM  we will have our next Special Meeting of the Board of Health, in which they will vote on  new COVID-19 restrictions. The Board of Health will not conduct a Question & Answer session; but prior to voting on any motion the Board of Health may take, the Public will have an opportunity to provide comment.  You can register for the Zoom meeting here: https://www.cascadecountymt.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=292&month=10&year=2020&day=28&calType=0  


Here are the case details for today. Please be mindful of community spread and take preventative measures.


(3) female 0-9

(1) male 0-9

(1) female 10-19

(1) male 10-19

(6) female 20-29

(3) male 20-29

(2) female 30-39

(7) male 30-39

(3) female 40-49

(3) male 40-49

(8) female 50-59

(5) male 50-59

(5) female 60-69

(5) male 60-69

(2) female 70-79

(3) male 70-79

(2) female 80-89

(1) male 80-89


Thursday 10/22/20 update:

Good evening, Cascade County. Tonight we have 89 total new cases in our county. Please take precautions and slow the spread.

 

(4) female 0-9

(4) female 10-19

(1) male 10-19

(9) female 20-29

(7) male 20-29

(6) female 30-39

(10) male 30-39

(8) female 40-49

(2) male 40-49

(7) female 50-59

(10) male 50-59

(8) female 60-69

(3) male 60-69

(4) female 70-79

(3) male 70-79

(1) male 80-89

(1) female 90-99

(1) female 100 or up


Wednesday 10/21/20 update:

Today we have 30 new cases of COVID-19. At yesterday’s Board of Health meeting, restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 were not set after the decision was made to allow more time for public comment. You can learn about the meeting in this article: https://theelectricgf.com/2020/10/20/county-board-of-health-delays-making-decision-on-additional-covid-19-restrictions/?fbclid=IwAR0f4jIN0ekGaXDg-riU8lfYbe0-WYu1Rnjt4Ax6R6UiuO0bILnfsskHhWM

A follow-up Board of Health meeting will be set soon, at which time this webpage will be updated: https://www.cascadecountymt.gov/188/Board-of-Health. Please remember to check the County events calendar for links to register for upcoming Zoom meetings.

Here are the details about today’s cases:

(2) female 10-19
(2) male 10-19
(1) female 20-29
(1) male 20-29
(1) female 30-39
(4) male 30-39
(2) male 40-49
(7) female 50-59
(3) male 50-59
(2) female 60-69
(4) male 60-69
(1) male 80-89


Tuesday 10/20/20 update:


Good afternoon. Today we have 42 new cases.

Stay tuned to The Electric or other media outlets for a detailed run-down of today’s Board of Health meeting, discussing COVID restrictions for Cascade County. Tomorrow, further updates will be provided here on the County website.

  • (1) female 0-9
  • (1) female 10-19
  • (4) male 10-19
  • (4) female 20-29
  • (3) male 20-29
  • (4) female 30-39
  • (3) male 30-39
  • (3) female 40-49
  • (3) male 40-49
  • (5) female 50-59
  • (2) female 60-69
  • (5) male 60-69
  • (2) female 70-79
  • (2) male 70-79

Please be considerate of businesses, schools, churches, and any other organizations you love: do everything you can to slow the spread of this virus and keep them open. Wear a mask, stay home when sick, wash your hands, follow all the guidance. No one (including CCHD!) wants a shutdown.


Monday 10/19/20 update:


Good evening, Cascade County. Today we have 76 new cases reported out by the State. Over the weekend we had an additional 81 cases reported. You can find case details on this new webpage: https://www.cascadecountymt.gov/184/Current-COVID-19-Cases-in-Cascade-County

 

Today, Monday 10/19 - 76 cases

(4) female 0-9

(2) male 0-9

(2) female 10-19

(2) male 10-19

(6) female 20-29

(5) male 20-29

(4) female 30-39

(4) male 30-39

(4) female 40-49

(6) male 40-49

(6) female 50-59

(6) male 50-59

(7) female 60-69

(9) male 60-69

(3) female 70-79

(1) male 70-79

(3) female 80-89

(1) male 80-89

(1) female 100+

 

Yesterday, Sunday 10/18 - 18 total

(1) male 10-19

(2) female 20-29

(2) male 20-29

(1) female 30-39

(1) male 30-39

(1) male 40-49

(1) female 50-59

(3) female 60-69

(2) male 60-69

(1) male 70-79

(1) female 80-89

(2) male 90-99

 


Important notes:


  1. If you have been instructed to isolate or quarantine and need a letter for your employer, DO NOT COME TO CCHD IN PERSON. The last thing we need is our public health staff, already stretched thin, to be exposed. Instead, call us at 406-454-6950 or email us at health@cascadecountymt.gov and someone will respond ASAP.
  2. The City-County Health Department does NOT perform COVID testing. If you have symptoms or have learned that you may be a close contact, please call a healthcare provider to get more information about being tested. Your provider will let you know when your test results have come in and will give you your initial instructions—to quarantine, isolate, or neither—and we at CCHD will get in touch with you as soon as possible. 
    • A
      lluvion Health
      (406-454-6973)
    • Benefis Health System
      (406-455-2500)
    • Great Falls Clinic (406-454-2171)
    • If you are an airman you can also call the clinic at Malmstrom.


Here are the details on today’s cases:
  • (8) female 0-9
  • (14) male 0-9
  • (6) female 10-19
  • (2) male 10-19
  • (11) female 20-29
  • (2) male 20-29
  • (4) female 30-39
  • (2) male 30-39
  • (4) female 40-49
  • (2) male 40-49
  • (7) female 50-59
  • (4) male 50-59
  • (4) female 60-69
  • (7) male 60-69
  • (2) female 70-79
  • (2) male 70-79
  • (2) female 80-89

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Monitoring the Situation Closely

Here at City-County Health Department (CCHD), we are closely monitoring the health of our community, and we realize that the recent spike in case numbers may cause our community some anxiety. We urge you to take control of your own physical health and mental well-being by doing what you can to protect yourself and those you love. Here are things you can do:

  • Avoid close contact with people outside of your household (close contact is being within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly
  • Frequently, thoroughly wash your hands and avoid touching your face
  • Get some physical activity and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, but watch out for trailheads or parks that are already crowded
  • Stay in contact with your friends and family, even if you aren't seeing them in person as much as you'd like
  • Use good judgment and analyze the risk of your activities before going out (whether that's grocery shopping at peak times, going on vacation, or going to a friend's or family's gathering)
  • Wear a mask or face-covering in public indoor spaces and at outdoor gatherings where social distancing is difficult, as mandated by the Governor's Directive

Mandate on Face Coverings

On Wednesday 7/15/20, Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive requiring face coverings in certain indoor spaces and for certain organized outdoor activities in counties-like Cascade County that are currently experiencing four or more active cases of COVID-19. Studies show that this will slow the spread of the virus. The Governor writes:

"…This is about being a Montanan and being supportive of those around us. Montanans need to not only feel safe, but be safe to continue supporting small businesses like restaurants, breweries, clothing stores, bookshops, and more. And Montanans need to be healthy to work. Mom and Pop shops in Montana often have two employees: Mom and Pop themselves. If they get COVID-19, they can't keep their business running."

Please take the time to read the new directive, which can be found in the section titled "Executive Directives."