The number of people being tested for COVID-19 has dropped dramatically in the past few weeks. Looking at the numbers provided by the Gallatin City-County Health Department, the number of tests in the first week of August is less than half of what were conducted in the first week of July.

There has been a lag in the reporting of numbers of people testing in August, so we used what has been provided, which is only through August 7th. We reached out to the Health Department and they told us that the state is having some technical issues that are delaying testing counts. They said they are "encouraging the state to get these issues resolved."

COVID-19 Tests Conducted in Gallatin County

July 1 - 6 = 1561 Tests  (60 Positive Cases: 3.8% Positive Test Rate)

Aug 1 - 6 = 775 Tests (63 Positive Cases: 8.1% Positive Test Rate)

The latest numbers reported on Thursday from the Health Department show 11 new cases of the coronavirus in Gallatin County. Currently, we have no one hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Around the state of Montana, there have been 142 new cases of the coronavirus reported. To date, 81 people have died as a result of COVID-19 and there are 101 people hospitalized because of the virus. 81 people have died from COVID-19.

State Positive Test Rate: 2.7%

State Death Rate: 1.4%

United States Death Rate: 3.19%

Worldwide Death Rate: 3.62%

If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, you can contact the Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center. It's open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.