Montanans are long tired of quarantine and socially-distancing, but the state saw a record number of COVID-19 cases since Governor Bullock's Phase 2 reopening guidelines took effect.

Montana broke two record daily case counts in the past week, showing a surge in Missoula, which was not previously considered a hot spot for the pandemic that is sweeping the country.

45 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday with 5 new active cases of coronavirus in Gallatin County, bringing the number of new cases throughout the state to 265 since June 29th.

Of the 1,167 total confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses, 40% are between the ages of 20-39 years old. 23 people have died.

While Montana remains squarely in the lowest category for total cases in the country, the sharp spike has many feeling uncomfortable and worried that the state may be moving backward.

Keep your fingers crossed and well-sanitized and have a great, safe Fourth of July weekend, Montanans!