Montana adds 530 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths

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Another 530 COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the number of active cases in the state to 7,774, according to the latest update provided by the state’s Joint Information Center.

The newly reported cases are based on reports from local health departments to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The state has reported 4,264 COVID-19 cases since last Tuesday. Active cases have increased by 2,791 since last Tuesday.

People are considered recovered in Montana when they meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for a person with COVID-19 to be released from isolation.

During a press conference held Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock said large social gatherings continue to be the state’s biggest threat in terms of spreading the virus. Bullock said that avoiding large gatherings and bolstering the enforcement of health restrictions can both curb the upswing in cases that the state has seen and prevent health officers from needing to close businesses and schools. 

“No one certainly wants to see their favorite brewery close their doors. No one wants to have to see their neighbor unable to work, since their

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