Update 5 p.m. Montana added 24 new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon after new reports from a handful of counties were released, according to data compiled by MTN News.
The number of active cases statewide rose by eight to 2,502, according to the MTN News count.
Another 16 recoveries were recorded Thursday afternoon, according to the count.
(first report) There were 211 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Montana on Thursday, and the statewide death toll since the pandemic began reached 1,349, according to data compiled by MTN News.
The number of active cases in the state is currently 2,494, according to MTN News, and there has been a cumulative total of 98,487 cases of the virus in Montana. Of the total cases, 94,644 have recovered.
There are currently 109 people hospitalized for treatment of the virus, and the cumulative number of hospitalizations is 4,484.
The number of tests performed in the state has reached 1,035,440, an increase of 6,120 during the previous 24-hour reporting period.
The number of Montanans who have received at least one of the two vaccine shots is 197,886, and the number of Montanans who have received both shots and are now fully vaccinated is 58,858.
The numbers reported by MTN reflect the latest data from the Montana COVID website, along with supplemental data received from county health departments.
Note: As COVID-19 cases escalate in Montana, the disparity between state data from DPHHS and local data from county health departments continues to grow.
MTN has decided to use a combination of these sources to deliver more accurate information across all media platforms. We feel this is a more truthful accounting of the situation in Montana.
Local county health departments may be alerted to cases before Montana DPHHS. As those counties share that information with the public, MTN feels it should be reflected in our reporting. Using that local data means there will be times when MTN coronavirus data does not align with the state report.