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.
A “recovered” case means that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 has been released from isolation. It’s important to note that even when people are released from isolation, many of them continue to feel the effects of COVID-19 infection long after they are released from isolation.
The Gallatin City-County Health Department calculates the number of recovered cases as the number of total cases minus any active cases, current hospitalizations and deaths.
The dashboard is comprised of data that we find to be most useful for our partners and the public. We receive a sizable number of requests for different data sets and information and are unable to fill individual requests at this time.
However, the Gallatin City-County Health Department will be releasing weekly reports on weekly COVID-19 surveillance reports for Gallatin County that will be accessible here. Due to HIPPA/privacy laws and rapidly changing information, we do not make the raw data public or offer this information in any other format.