Montana added 152 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the deaths of nine more residents due to the virus have been confirmed.
The number of active cases in Montana rose to 1,048, according to the latest update updated to the state’s COVID-19 mapping and tracking website. The statewide death toll, following reconciliation of data between the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and county health officials, has now reached 1,537 people.
Those included in Friday’s update on overall deaths were residents of Beaverhead, Lake and Hill counties. Lewis and Clark County reported four more deaths. In Yellowstone County, a man in his 70s died at a Billings hospital Wednesday due to COVID-19, according to a statement from the county health department. At least 262 Yellowstone County residents have died because of COVID-19.
“While the number of local infections and deaths have decreased in each succeeding month of 2021, those facts don’t lessen loss and grief for this latest victim’s loved ones … I offer my deepest sympathies to his family and friends,” said Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton.
Health care workers in Montana have administered 629,750 doses of COVID-19 vaccines since December 2020. As of Friday, the number of residents considered to be fully immunized against the virus surpassed 270,000. A person reaches full immunity two weeks after receiving the final required dose of a vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the state for any resident aged 16 or older. Appointments for free vaccines can be made at mtreadyclinic.org.
The new cases tallied Friday in Montana brought the cumulative number since the start of the pandemic to 106,941. Of those who have tested positive, 104,356 are considered to be recovered, meeting the standards set by the CDC for a person to leave isolation without infecting others.
The number of Montanans hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment dropped to 49 on Friday, up from 57 the previous day. There have been 4,893 total hospitalizations due to the disease.
Another 4,815 tests were completed by Friday, for a total of 1,256,141.
Counties added the following number of cases in Fridays’ update:
- Gallatin County with 52 (323 active)
- Yellowstone County with 18 (137 active)
- Lewis and Clark County with 11 (52 active)
- Flathead County with 10 (80 active)
- Missoula County with eight (87 active)
- Cascade County with seven (72 active)
- Silver Bow County with seven (22 active)
- Park County with six (49 active)
- Ravalli County with six (39 active)
- Sanders County with six (nine active)
- Madison County with three (14 active)
- Beaverhead County with two (six active)
- Lake County with two (16 active)
- Lincoln County with two (32 active)
- Teton County with two (six active)
- Broadwater County with one (15 active)
- Carbon County with one (two active)
- Custer County with one (three active)
- Deer Lodge County with one (four active)
- Fallon County with one (one active)
- Meagher County with one (three active)
- Roosevelt County with one (17 active)
- Rosebud County with one (two active)
- Sweet Grass County with one (one active)
- Valley County with one (five active)