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Coronavirus cases are surging across the country ahead of the holiday season. Here are some unsettling statistics from the month of November.

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The state posted another 956 cases of COVID-19 early Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed reports in Montana to 61,801 and adding two deaths.

There have been 44,100 people who have recovered from the respiratory illness and 17,030 cases remain active, according to the state’s website covid19.mt.gov.

There have now been 671 people who have died due to coronavirus-related illnesses, the state said. There are 461 people who remain hospitalized out of 2,569 total hospitalizations. There have been 650,223 tests administered, which is 4,830 more than reported Saturday.

On Friday, the state reported 148 new cases, after having reported 1,071 the day before and 1,057 the day after. Officials noted many counties did not report their numbers to the state Thursday due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. They said as a result, numbers may be higher than usual in the coming days.

In northeastern and northcentral Montana on Sunday, Cascade County added 85 cases, Lewis and Clark County had 54, Fergus had 25 and Teton had 13.

Phillips and Sheridan each had eight, Blaine, Glacier and Hill each had five, Liberty posted two new reports and Daniels and McCone counties each had one.

Elsewhere in the state, Yellowstone County, the state’s most populous, topped the list with 180 new cases. It has 4,392 active cases, 6,469 recoveries and 120 deaths. Gallatin had 175 new cases, Silver Bow had 89, Missoula had 64 and Flathead had 62, according to the state.

Deer Lodge had 24, Custer had 22, Ravalli had 20, Powell had 17, Lincoln County had 15 and Prairie had 13.

Sanders County had 11, Richland had eight, Mineral had seven and Beaverhead, Lake and Park each had six. Broadwater, Madison and Sweet Grass each had four, Carbon and Wheatland had three each and Musselshell had one, the state reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported about noon Sunday that there were 13.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in the United States and 265,166 deaths. That is an increase of 143,333 cases and 1,210 deaths from Sunday.

Cascade County now has 1,955 active cases and 2,927 recoveries. The state says the county has 72 deaths.

Deaths in other northcentral and northeastern counties, according to the state, include: 18 for Blaine, three for Chouteau, four for Daniels, nine for Dawson and one for Fallon.

Fergus County has had three, Glacier has 19, Hill has 28, Lewis and Clark has 11, Liberty has had one and Meagher has had seven deaths.

Phillips County has had six, Pondera has three, Roosevelt has had 40, Sheridan had two, Teton has had three, Toole has eight, Valley has five and Wibaux has three.

Gov. Steve Bullock recently issued stricter directives which will limit crowd size and close bars, restaurants and casinos at 10 p.m. and come after he and other state officials urged residents to wear masks and practice social distancing. His mask mandate, now ordering masks to be worn in certain indoor and outdoor situations, is now in effect for all of the state’s 56 counties.

Officials are looking at a three-phased approach to provide vaccinations in Montana that includes getting the much-expected COVID-19 vaccines to frontline health care and other health care workers, high-risk populations and eventually to members of the general public who want it.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services had the first meeting of a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Coordination Team comprised of more than 60 people from key groups statewide.

Pfizer recently asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization to begin distributing its vaccine, and Moderna is expected to do the same shortly, the Associated Press reported. Federal officials say the first doses will ship within a day of authorization.

Reporter Phil Drake is our eye on the state capitol. For tips, suggestions or comment, he can be reached at 406-231-9021 or [email protected] To support his work, subscribe today and get a special offer.

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