Blaine County Reports 31 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday, 8 Friday

BLAINE COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – The Blaine County Health Department says they received notice of a record 31 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and an additional eight cases of the virus on Friday.

19 cases met the criteria for recovery over the two day stretch, while three previously announced cases required hospitalization.

Blaine County has now reported 347 total COVID-19 cases. 131 are active, including 15 hospitalizations. 209 have recovered and seven have died.

Sweet Memorial

Also on Friday, Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook provided an update on their COVID-19 outbreak, saying that two additional staff members and four more residents had tested positive for COVID-19. In total, seven staff and 22 residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sweet Memorial Nursing Home has also reported one COVID-19 related death, which was announced earlier in the week.

Sweet Memorial Nursing Home’s numbers are included in Blaine County’s case count.

Fort Belknap Shutdown

The Fort Belknap Reservation extended their shutdown for another 14 days. The shutdown was scheduled to expire at 11:59 PM on October 30th, but will now run through November 13th.

This is the second time the shutdown, which initially went into effect on October 2nd, has been extended.

The Fort Belknap Reservation has reported 242 total COVID-19 cases. 84 are active, including 14 hospitalizations. 158 have recovered and six have died.

Fort Belknap’s cases are included in the count for the county the person resides (either Blaine or Phillips). They are only for people that live on the Reservation, which means they do not include Tribal Members that live off the Reservation.

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