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Montana adds 179 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths confirmed

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Montana added 179 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and three more residents have died from the virus.

The number of confirmed active cases in the state rose to 1,015, according to the latest update to the state virus mapping and tracking website, up from 994 the previous day. The deaths reported Thursday by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services brought the statewide death toll during the pandemic to 1,570 people.

Two people who lived in Ravalli County died of COVID-19 complications, according to DPHHS data, for a total of 32 county residents. Richland County, where 17 residents have died because of the virus, reported one death Thursday.

With the current seven-day average of new daily cases at about 130 for Montana, state health care workers have administered just over 705,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines since doses started arriving in December 2020. Those doses have led to 320,384 residents now considered to be fully vaccinated against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a person to be completely immunized two weeks after receiving a final required vaccine dose.

Several county health departments, Yellowstone County included, have announced walk-in vaccine clinics in an effort to use up their federal dose allotments. The latest information on vaccine availability can be found through local public health departments by visiting vaccinefinder.org.

The number of Montanans hospitalized because of COVID-19 since the state’s first case in March 2020 surpassed 5,000 on Thursday. Current hospitalizations dropped to 54, down one from the day prior.

A total of 108,663 Montana residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 106,078 considered to be recovered. The CDC considers a person to be recovered 10 days after the onset of symptoms. That only entails that the infected person can safely leave isolation, and not necessarily that all of the health issues caused by the virus have dissipated.

Another 3,686 tests were completed by Thursday, for a total of 1,295,096.

Counties added the following number of cases in Thursday’s update:

  • Gallatin County with 47 (185 active)
  • Cascade County with 33 (142 active)
  • Yellowstone County with 23 (155 active)
  • Flathead County with 20 (108 active)
  • Missoula County with 8 (71 active)
  • Big Horn County with five (17 active)
  • Lewis and Clark County with five (64 active)
  • Park County with five (50 active)
  • Silver Bow County with four (15 active)
  • Teton County with four (seven active)
  • Fergus County with three (six active)
  • Ravalli County with three (36 active)
  • Rosebud with three (11 active)
  • Valley County with three (10 active)
  • Lake County with two (21 active)
  • Stillwater County with two (two active)
  • Sweet Grass County with two (three active)
  • Deer Lodge County with one (three active)
  • Madison County with one (seven active)
  • Meagher County with one (seven active)
  • Richland County with one (eight active)
  • Roosevelt County with one (10 active)
  • Sheridan County with one (two active)
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