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Yellowstone County reports 7 additional COVID-19 deaths, total death toll reaches 429

BILLS – Yellowstone County on Thursday reported seven more COVID-19 deaths among residents ages 20 to 80, bringing the total death toll in the county to 429 as of April 2020.

RiverStone Health reports that the deceased include:

· A man in his twenties who died on October 22 at a hospital in Billings. He was not vaccinated.

· A man in his 60s who died in his home on October 25. He was not vaccinated. This COVID-19 related death was identified by review of the death certificate by the Yellowstone County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

· A woman in her 70s who died on November 1 at a local long-term care facility. She was not vaccinated. Her death was identified as COVID-19 related by review of the death certificate by the Registry and Recorder’s Office.

· A woman in her 80s who died on Nov. 9 at a hospital in Billings. She was not vaccinated.

· A man in his 60s who died on November 9 at a hospital in Billings. He was not vaccinated.

· A man in his 80s who died on Nov. 9 at a hospital in Billings. He was vaccinated.

· A man in his 60s who died on November 10 at a hospital in Billings. He was not vaccinated.

All seven of these victims had medical conditions that put them at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness.

On Thursday, Billings hospitals had admitted 98 COVID-19 patients, including 79 who had not been vaccinated.

“As our community mourns the hundreds of neighbors who have lost their lives to COVID-19, we continue to see that the majority of fatalities and most hospitalizations involve people who have not been vaccinated against the virus,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County health official and president and CEO of RiverStone Health. “The vaccines approved for use in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective in significantly reducing the risk of serious illness and death. These vaccines are readily available in our community from pharmacies and medical clinics to people ages 5 and older. If you or your family members have not yet been vaccinated, please contact your health care provider with any questions and get the information you need to get vaccinated.”

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. First dose.

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

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

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

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.