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Yellowstone County reports 2 additional COVID-19 deaths, total death toll reaches 431

INVOICES – RiverStone Health reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, taking the county’s death toll during the pandemic to 431.

The deaths included an unvaccinated woman in her 50s who died Thursday at a Billings hospital, and an unvaccinated man in his 80s who died Friday at a Billings hospital. Both had medical conditions that put them at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness.

According to an October 2021 report from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, about 70% of Montanans who have died from a COVID-19-related illness had medical conditions that put them at high risk. The most common underlying conditions in these deaths are circulatory disorders (stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and high blood pressure), diabetes, respiratory disease, dementia, chronic kidney disease, obesity, cancer, immune-suppressive disorders, and liver disease.

As of Friday, Billings hospitals had admitted 94 COVID-19 patients, including 76 who had not been vaccinated and 18 who had been vaccinated. Of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 28 were in the ICU and 18 on a ventilator.

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations are readily available in Yellowstone County for anyone five years and older. Children’s clinics, other medical clinics and many pharmacies provide vaccinations.

Children’s and family clinic Saturday

For the convenience of families with children, walk-in vaccinations for children are scheduled on four Saturday mornings:

November 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Cedar Hall in MetraPark.

November 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Cedar Hall in MetraPark.

December 4, 9am – 12pm at Cedar Hall in MetraPark.

December 11, 9am – 12pm at Cedar Hall in MetraPark.

The Saturday morning clinics will feature activities for children and therapy dogs. Everyone is required to remain for observation for at least 15 minutes after receiving a vaccination.

Face masks are mandatory at walk-in vaccination clinics. Children under the age of 18 must have parental consent for vaccination.

Additional free walk-in vaccinations against COVID-19 for children and adults will be held at Cedar Hall next week:

Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday 4 to 6.30 pm

All walk-in clinics will offer all three US-approved vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine will be offered in the approved lower doses for children ages 5-11 and in the doses for people 12 years and older. First, second, and booster doses are available as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

First, second, and booster doses of Moderna vaccine are available for people ages 18 and older. The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be available to people ages 18 and older, including a booster dose.