Despite the fact the number of coronavirus cases appears to be on the rise in Montana and here locally, the number of people hospitalized for the virus in Gallatin County remains at zero.

Gallatin County currently has 16 active cases, according to the Health Department, while the state of Montana shows 100 active cases. The one death that we suffered was nearly three months ago.

Over the past three days, the Gallatin City-County Health Dept says COVID-19 testing in Big Sky has resulted in five confirmed cases of the disease in individuals who live in Big Sky, including four cases announced Friday.

Recently, Governor Steve Bullock said that he expected the number of positive cases of COVID-19 to rise as more tests were conducted. Here in Gallatin County, 5,137 tests have been run, so far, with nearly half of those conducted after May 6th. In the last three weeks, 1,127 tests have been given.

Right now the Health Dept still holds that the priority for testing should be with those who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, body aches.

“Those who are concerned may want testing and that understandable,” said Matt Kelley, Health Officer with Gallatin City-County Health Department. “But even if we get a positive result, there is no recommended medication or urgent medical treatment for people with no symptoms or mild symptoms. We will advise you to stay home and stay away from others, rest, eat well, and contact your healthcare provider if symptoms worsen.”

The current death rate for coronavirus in Montana is .03, while the death rate for Gallatin County is .005.