Montana Coronavirus Report | Montana Free Press


The latest numbers

Montana cases

As of Saturday, May 1, the state reports that 719,024 doses of vaccine have been administered in Montana, and 331,465 Montanans have been fully immunized. The state has reported a cumulative total of 108,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 169 new cases since yesterday, 1,087 active cases, and 106,324 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 5,021 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 53 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 1,574 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.


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