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The number of COVID-19 cases are continuing to climb in Fallon County.

According to the Fallon County Health Department, the number of active cases increased to 39 Monday – a jump of 15 cases.

That looked small Tuesday evening when the health department released the latest results of testing.

There are 70 active COVID-19 cases in Fallon County as of Tuesday evening – almost doubling the previous number.

The announcement was made on its Facebook page.

“The Fallon County Health Department is announcing 33 new COVID-19 cases. This brings our current active count to 70. Community spread is here and rampant, please wear a mask, be considerate, and thank a health care worker today,” the post read.

In addition, the department listed 101 cases as recovered, but the jump in cases brought the cumulative total of cases to 171 this year in the county.

The department stressed that masks are still required.

The total active cases announced Tuesday continues an up and down pattern that is on the increase.

On Nov. 7, the county had added six new cases to bring the total active cases up to 38, but a day later the active listing had dropped to 32 with eight newly listed as recovered.

According to the health department there has been information put out there is a fine for not wearing a mask. They debunked it on their website. “We have been made aware of a post stating that there will now be a $500 fine for anyone not wearing a mask. This information did not come from our office and is not something we are implementing.

“As always, we encourage you to wear a mask to keep us all safe and healthy and are always here for questions,” the post concluded.

The health department also specified that Billings and Yellowstone County currently have additional regulations and fines for businesses, but that is not state-wide.

“I can assure you that no (local) businesses will be fined for their customers not wearing masks! Employers are not responsible for their customers. They are, however, expected to follow the governor’s directive with their own employees. That being said, a plan is in place from our health officer to provide education to those businesses and try to get their compliance. No one is going to go around fining people without good cause,” according to the Fallon County Health Department.

The county has had 30 or more active cases since Oct. 24, according to the health department.

According to the state statistics, there have been 16 children nine years old and under who have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 14 between the ages of 10 and 19 who have also tested positive.

The largest age group testing positive for the virus is the 30 to 39 group with 20, while the 50 to 59 age group has had 19 positives.

State-wide

The state of Montana reported 1,101 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 41,151.

Yellowstone County continues to be the hot spot in the Treasure State with a total of 3,772 active cases, 4,332 recovered and a total this year of 8,191 cases this year. The county also has had 97 fatalities tied to COVID-19.

So far this year 462 Montanans have died and 23,873 have recovered. As of Tuesday, the state had 16,816 active cases.

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