During the last seven days, 45 more Montanans died of COVID-19, and 6,404 new cases have been added, bringing the active case count to 9,721.
“It’s gotten to the point that we are in a crisis,” said Billings Clinic CEO Dr. Scott Ellner.
Students and staff at the University of Montana are required to wear masks in classrooms and labs through at least Sept. 20.
In the last seven days, 27 more people have died of COVID-19 in Montana. Seven of those were Yellowstone County residents. The week marked the highest one week death toll in Yellowstone County since January.
The pandemic disproportionately hurt Native Americans nationwide, and the Blackfeet community, which lost 48 people to the virus, was no exception.
While many businesses in this southwestern Montana "ghost town" reel in tourists with its mining and Wild West vigilante past, one businessman arrived offering a modern product: covid-19 vaccines.
Over the last week, Montana averaged 49.3 COVID patients hospitalized in ICUs, up from 38 last week. The last time ICU occupancy reached this level was Dec. 2020.
Over the last week, Montana has averaged 139.1 COVID patients in hospitals, the highest it’s been since January. Of those hospitalized at Billings Clinic, about 85% are unvaccinated.
A looming fourth wave of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations means health care workers face another wave of mental health struggles and burnout worsened by staff shortages.
The two men applied for over $1,043,000 in PPP loans last year between April and December. In the applications, the men allegedly made numerous false statements about having paid payroll taxes and having employees.
“We’re seeing younger people right now in the hospital and that’s because of Delta,” Billings Clinic Director of Patient Safety and Infection Control Nancy Iversen said.
The day Dr. Elizabeth Dawson was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October, she awoke feeling as if she had a bad hangover. Four months later she tested negative for the virus, but her symptoms have only worsened.
The state added 119 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from the 100 cases reported on Thursday.
“Without knowing the vaccine status of all individuals, MCPS practices and policies will need to remain consistent for all,” wrote the district in a letter signed by superintendent Rob Watson and other district health officials.
These varying experiences of COVID-19 across professions reflect the larger fact that every job has different levels and types of risk inherent in the work.
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Missoula County has gone about its vaccine distribution slightly differently than what the state has proposed.
Montana reported another 221 COVID cases Friday morning and four more deaths attributed to the disease.
Montana saw another dip in its daily reported new COVID-19 cases.
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Montana reported 399 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths due to the virus in the state's first update for the New Year.
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