Despite a rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County over the last week or so, we currently have zero people actually hospitalized for the coronavirus, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department.

With more testing happening locally and across the state of Montana, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is expected to rise, but it is a positive sign that no one who is testing positive is requiring medical attention.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, Gallatin County has seen only five people hospitalized for the virus. Overall, the county has recorded 182 positive COVID-19 cases. We did see our only death back on April 27th.

The State of Montana has also experienced a recent surge of positive tests for coronavirus. Ten new cases were added to our cumulative total for June 11th, but the state of over a million people has only seven people currently hospitalized for COVID-19.

The total deaths from the coronavirus in Montana is 18. That gives us a death rate of 3% from those who have tested positive for the virus. The United States death rate is 5%.

Wastewater testing for COVID-19 is ongoing at sites around Gallatin County, including in Bozeman, Big Sky, West Yellowstone and Three Forks. The most recent results show presence of COVID-19 in the wastewater in Bozeman (sample taken on
June 5) and in West Yellowstone (sample taken on June 3), according to a press release from the Health Dept. Wastewater samples gathered in Big Sky on June 9 showed possible presence of virus, but the results were not definitive and future testing will continue to monitor for presence of virus in the wastewater. The virus was not detected in the most recent sample in Three Forks (sample taken on June 6).

Credit: Gallatin City-County Health Dept