Mineral County records first two COVID-19 cases

by SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER – Hagadone News Network
| August 12, 2020 12:54 PM

Mineral County became the latest in Montana to record a COVID-19 case when health officials received two lab-confirmed positive results Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the County Health Department, it is currently conducting case and close contact investigations. Close contacts will be notified by the Mineral County Health Department.

According to information from the state, the cases involve a man and a woman, both aged 70-79.

They bring the total to 5,104 cases in Montana, including 97 Monday. A total of 194,412 tests have been conducted.

Counties in Northwest Montana have several active cases, but they pale in comparison to Yellowstone’s 590 and Big Horn’s 290.

In this region, Missoula is first with 92 active cases and Flathead has 65. Lake County has 25 active cases.

Yellowstone leads Montana with a total of 1,316 cases, including 21 new. Big Horn has had a total of 444 and 10 new cases.

Gallatin County is third with 948, including 30 active.

Flathead is fourth with 352 total cases, including 65 active cases and five new. Missoula County is fifth with 328 cases, including 92 active. Lake County has 183 cases with 25 active and three new.

Ravalli County has had 83 total cases with 12 active. Lincoln County has 77 total cases, 12 active. Glacier County has 77 cases and 14 active.

Mineral County’s neighbor to the north, Sanders County has had nine cases, but none are active.