The Gallatin City-County Health Department may be alerted to additional cases before the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, so numbers reported locally and by the state may differ.
One reason is the timing of when the data is received. GCCHD typically receives information about the positive case first and is able to update the data more quickly. Once the case is entered into the Montana Infectious Disease Information System, the case is processed and reviewed by DPHHS. This review includes verification that the case is a resident of Gallatin County. Additionally, cut off times are needed to appropriately manage data, so a case that is displayed on the GCCHD dashboard on one day may not be entered onto the DPHHS dashboard until the following day. GCCHD has chosen to include out-of-county and out-of-state residents who are isolated and recovering in Gallatin County in the case counts. This is not to say that any one entity is incorrectly publishing the data, it merely explains how the data is obtained at the local level and shared to the state level.
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Governor Bullock announced a plan to gradually reopen the state through a three-phase process. Phase 1 expired on May 31, 2020. Phase 2 began on Monday, June 1, 2020.