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Fallon County recently hit a high of 80 active cases in the county, but that number quickly dropped.

However, the county also recently logged its first COVID-related fatality.

That meant Fallon County had joined a growing number of counties in the state of Montana which has logged a death that was related to the Coronavirus which has swept the upper Midwest in recent months.

As of Dec. 1, the state has had more than 62,000 confirmed cases, with most in the more populous Yellowstone and Flathead counties.

There have been 698 COVID-19 deaths state-wide as of Dec. 1, according to the state health department.

By comparison, neighboring Carter County has had three fatalities, the same as Wibaux County to the north. Prairie County has had the same number of fatalities as Fallon County – one.

Yellowstone County has had 120 fatalities so far in 2020, while Flathead County has 39.

The recent surge in active cases in the county has dropped to just 30 in the final announcement of November statistics.

The county has had 221 people recover from the pandemic with only two still hospitalized. Since the year began, the health department has reported 251 cases in Fallon County.

Since Nov. 22, when the county health department announced the fatality on Facebook the numbers have dropped from 49 active cases and seven people hospitalized.

Two days earlier, the county reported 51 active cases, while on Nov. 19 there were 68 active cases reported.

The highest number of cases was 80 reported on Nov. 13 by the county health department.

Fallon County has been getting some help recently, with two National Guardsmen temporarily stationed in Fallon County.

“The purpose of these individuals are to help Fallon Medical Complex with non-medical duties (such as cleaning and defogging of COVID-19 positive patient rooms) and relieve some of the current strain on our hospital,” the health department announced Nov. 20 on Facebook.

According to recent statistics released by the county, the highest number of active cases has been in the 30 to 39 age group, followed by those in their 50s and those between the ages of 10 and 19.

According to state officials, Montana has been averaging more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases each day.

Gov. Steve Bullock recently tightened the public-health restrictions on bars, restaurants and other public-gathering spots and events and extended a mask-wearing mandate to all counties.

The guidelines restricted restaurants and bars to 50 percent capacity and must close by 10 p.m. Public gatherings will be limited to 25 people, where social-distancing isn’t possible.

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