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Montana reports 180 new COVID-19 cases, more than 220,000 fully vaccinated
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Montana reports 180 new COVID-19 cases, more than 220,000 fully vaccinated

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Montana reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, while the number of residents considered fully vaccinated has surpassed 220,000.

The number of confirmed active cases in Montana was at 946 on Wednesday morning, according to the latest update to the state’s virus mapping and tracking website. Data from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services had the death toll in the state at 1,489 Montanans, following death record reconciliation between local county health officials and DPHHS.

Nine of the deaths reported Wednesday were residents of Flathead County, bringing the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 91 people. However, all nine were confirmed following a review of death records that date from October of last year through March, according to Flathead County Health Officer Joe Russell.

“These reconciliations are problematic…because we’re not giving the community a good picture of where we are now,” Russell told the Gazette.

While the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the deaths of 91 Flathead County residents over the course of a year, Russell said that nobody in the county has been hospitalized in the past week to be treated for the virus. The state virus tracking website had the number of active cases in the county as of Wednesday at 55.

Big Horn, Carbon and Deer Lodge counties each reported one additional death as well in Wednesday’s update.

Montana health care workers have administered nearly 546,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the state vaccine rollout began in December, with 220,114 Montanans now fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the last required dose of a vaccine.

The number of people hospitalized due to the virus rose slightly to 34 on Wednesday, up one person from the previous day. Going into the second week of April, the number of current hospitalizations has dropped to nearly half of what DPHHS reported a month prior. In total, there have been 4,827 hospitalizations due to the virus.

Another 3,893 COVID-19 tests were completed by Wednesday. The statewide testing total has reached 1,220,629.

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

  • Gallatin County with 72 (285 active)
  • Missoula County with 22 (95 active)
  • Yellowstone County with 15 (122 active)
  • Flathead County with nine (55 active)
  • Lewis and Clark County with eight (64 active)
  • Cascade County with six (48 active)
  • Lake County with six (23 active)
  • Deer Lodge County with five (nine active)
  • Broadwater County with four (19 active)
  • Fergus County with four (11 active)
  • Roosevelt County with four (10 active)
  • Sheridan County with four (two active)
  • Lincoln County with three (23 active)
  • Madison County with three (five active)
  • Ravalli County with two (41 active)
  • Sanders County with two (five active)
  • Teton County with two (three active)
  • Beaverhead County with one (five active)
  • Big Horn County with one (16 active)
  • Carbon County with one (one active)
  • Custer County with one (six active)
  • Richland County with one (one active)
  • Silver Bow County with one (24 active)
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