The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Yellowstone County reaches 461 – Community News
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The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Yellowstone County reaches 461

INVOICES – Three Yellowstone County residents died last weekend from COVID-19-related illness, according to RiverStone Health. None of the three victims had been vaccinated and all had underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of serious illness from the pandemic virus.

The deaths bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Yellowstone County as of April 2020 to 461.

The most recent Yellowstone County death in Billings hospitals includes:

· A woman in her 70s who died on December 4.

· A woman in her 80s who died on December 5.

· A man in his sixties who died on December 5.

As of Monday, Billings’ hospitals had 55 COVID-19 patients, including 47 who had not been vaccinated and eight who had been vaccinated. Of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 26 were in the ICU and 19 on a ventilator.

Most people in Yellowstone County who have been hospitalized or died from COVID-19 disease have not been vaccinated. The safest and most effective way to reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization and death is to get vaccinated. Vaccinations for people 5 years and older are available at local pharmacies, clinics and hospitals.

RiverStone Health also offers these free vaccination clinics:

Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27e St., in the four-story building.

Saturdays from 9am to noon at MetraPark’s Cedar Hall, an older stucco building on the west side of the Carnival area during MontanaFair. This children’s clinic offers children’s activities, including the opportunity to meet therapy dogs. Children from 5 years and adults can be vaccinated in this clinic.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 30 at RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27e St., in the four-story building.

Face masks are mandatory at vaccination clinics. Children under the age of 18 must have parental consent for vaccination. All walk-in clinics will offer all three US-approved vaccines. People who have previously had one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine should bring their vaccination card.