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Over the last week, 67 more Montanans died from COVID related illness and 3,828 new active cases were added.

RiverStone Health reported Monday that four Yellowstone County residents died of COVID-19 related illness over the past four days and another resident died of the virus on Oct. 25. Ages ranged from people in their 60s to people in their 80s, and all were unvaccinated.

Two hundred twenty-three Yellowstone County residents have died from COVID-19 illness since Jan. 1, 2021.

In the state, 77% of ICU beds were filled on Monday with 76 non-COVID patients and 101 COVID-positive patients.

St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings reported 45 COVID inpatients, 11 requiring ICU level care and 11 were intubated. Of those hospitalized, 38 were unvaccinated. At Billings Clinic there are 50 COVID-positive inpatients with 18 in the ICU and 11 on ventilators. Of those, 40 were unvaccinated. 

On Monday there were 316 active COVID hospitalizations throughout the state, down by 35 from the previous week.

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