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Montana adds 165 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths

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Montana added 165 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 15 more of its residents died due to complications from the virus.

Those 15 people bring the death toll in the state since the start of the pandemic to 1,372, according to the Montana’s virus mapping and tracking website. More than a quarter of those deaths have been reported since Jan. 1.

Five of the latest confirmed deaths were residents of Fergus County, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 26. Flathead County, where just over 11,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, added seven more deaths for a total of 81. Ravalli, Silver Bow and Yellowstone counties each reported one death.

The jump in deaths compared to daily updates from the past two weeks comes as more than 90,000 Montanans have now been fully vaccinated. Since the national vaccine rollout began in Dec. 2020, county health departments have administered 260,705 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, both of which require a person to receive two shots to become fully vaccinated.

Millions of doses of a recently approved single-dose vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson started making their way to states Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. Gov. Greg Gianforte announced via social media Monday that Montana will receive 8,700 doses of this latest vaccine, which will be distributed to counties next week.

There are 1,587 active cases in Montana, according to the latest update from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, and 83 people are currently hospitalized in the state for COVID-19 treatment. The majority of those patients are being seen in Yellowstone County hospitals, the medical hub for Southeastern Montana. A snapshot report on the state’s hospitals shows 33 people in beds Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare. More than 90% of St. Vincent Healthcare’s 234 beds are occupied, according to the report.

COVID-19 has hospitalized 4,591 Montana residents since the spring of 2020, and 100,158 people have now tested positive. A total of 97,199 people in the state who have recovered from the virus. 

The state tallied 1,891 more tests completed by Tuesday, bringing the statewide testing total to 1,081,562.

Counties added the following number of cases in the Tuesday update:

• Gallatin with 30 (163 active)

• Flathead with 21 (183 active)

• Yellowstone with 20 (507 active)

• Cascade with 19 (49 active)

• Missoula with 18 (95 active)

• Madison with eight (30 active)

• Lewis and Clark with six (102 active)

• Glacier with five (five active)

• Ravalli with five (50 active)

• Custer with four (six active)

• Dawson with four (five active)

• Hill with four (19 active)

• Silver Bow with four (71 active)

• Jefferson with three (10 active)

• Beaverhead with two (six active)

• Carbon with two (five active)

• Sanders with two (seven active)

• Daniels with one (two active)

• Deer Lodge with one (eight active)

• Lincoln with one (19 active)

• Mineral with one (four active)

• Roosevelt with one (15 active)

• Sweet Grass with one (nine active)

• Valley with one (20 active)

• Wibaux with one (one active)

Mar.01 -- Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels discusses the efficacy of vaccines, testing a two-shot regime of the company’s vaccine, and when vaccinations may be expanded to pregnant women and children. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets."

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