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COVID-19 cases, decreasing hospitalizations in Montana

HELENA — The number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations has fallen in Montana, the state’s health department told the governor.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the fourth week of November decreased by 43% from the week before, with 1,904 cases reported. Hospital admissions fell 16%, to an average of 250 patients a day, according to a read from the briefing Governor Greg Gianforte received this week.

Since Aug. 27 — the week hospital admissions soared above 200 in this latest wave, driven by the delta variant — 885 people have died from COVID-19 in Montana, officials said.

More than 56,200 Montanans were fully vaccinated between Aug. 27 and Nov. 26, the state reports.

Montana, which led the nation in new cases in early September, now ranks 29th, according to data collected by The Associated Press for the past 14 days.

From April 1 to November 26, unvaccinated Montanans were responsible for 83% of hospitalizations and 77% of deaths from COVID-19, according to health officials.

At the same time, the median age for unvaccinated people who were hospitalized was 62, while the median age for unvaccinated residents who died from COVID-19 was 74. That’s compared to the median age of 70 years for hospitalization and 82 for deaths of vaccinated people who contracted breakthrough cases.