Moment of silence held for Yellowstone County COVID deaths

EMILY SCHABACKER

RiverStone Health held a moment of silence Monday to remember all the Yellowstone County residents who have died in the pandemic.

Blue flags represent the 439 lives lost in the county, which has the highest average daily deaths in the state. Flathead and Gallatin counties follow with an average of 1.4 and 1.3 deaths per day related to COVID-19.

Over the weekend, two more Yellowstone County residents died of COVID related illness, including a woman in her 80s. RiverStone Health is still awaiting confirmation on the woman’s vaccination status. A woman in her 70s also died and was unvaccinated. Both had underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID illness. 

Statewide, 77 more people died from COVID-19 related illness in the last week, bringing the total to 2,567 deaths.

Hospitalizations remain high with 266 COVID patients hospitalized in Montana.

On Monday, Billings hospitals had 84 COVID inpatients with 26 in the intensive care unit and 20 on ventilators. Of those hospitalized, 67 were unvaccinated and 17 were vaccinated.

In the last week, 3,329 COVID cases were added, bringing the total to 5,911 active cases.

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