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Cascade County Is Now The Largest COVID-19 Hotspot In Montana


Cascade County continues to see its number of COVID-19 cases rise and is now the largest hotspot in Montana.

Cascade County Deputy Health Officer Bowen Trystianson says people ages 20 to 39 are by and large driving the growth in cases. There are also some workplace clusters cropping up.

“I think we’re starting to see a growth of a wave and I don’t think we’ve crested yet. I don’t know how far it will go, but I expect to see cases continue to rise for a little bit here.” Trystianson says.

Trystianson says the health department is receiving reports of 20 to 30 new cases every day.

Both the number of active cases and the percentage of positive tests have nearly doubled since late April. Currently the county has 220 active cases.

Cascade County has seen cases steadily rise over the past few weeks, jumping from 127 active cases and a positivity rate of about 3% in late April to nearly 7% positivity rate this week. Currently the county has 220 active cases.

Trystianson adds the age range of people showing up in the hospital is trending younger, with many under 40 years old.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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