Greater than half of the counties in Montana are going through a excessive stage of potential impacts from COVID-19, based on the newest replace from the Division of Public Well being and Human Companies.
“We’re simply taking it day-to-day,” stated Kaci Husted, vice chairman of communications for Benefis Well being System in Nice Falls; Cascade County is among the many counties marked at a excessive neighborhood stage.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention calculates neighborhood ranges as low, medium or excessive primarily based on new COVID-19 admissions, staffed COVID-19 beds, and new circumstances.
Though these metrics place 35 of Montana’s 56 counties at a excessive stage, six counties counted zero lively circumstances and 0 newly reported circumstances as of Friday, based on the newest DPHHS dashboard: Garfield, Golden Valley, Petroleum, Powder River, Treasure and Wibaux. DPHHS updates the dashboard weekly on Fridays.
Monday in Nice Falls, Benefis counted 20 sufferers hospitalized with COVID-19, roughly in line with the 18 within the hospital one week in the past, Husted stated. Nonetheless, she famous the rely was at eight simply two weeks in the past and had stayed within the single digits for a number of weeks up till then.
Though 20 sufferers could sound like quite a bit, Husted stated it’s not excessive in comparison with the 65 or extra within the hospital on the peak of COVID-19. In Montana, circumstances peaked in November 2020, earlier than the vaccine was accessible, after which once more in September and October 2021 and January 2022.
In an e mail, Katy Peterson, vice chairman of communications for the Montana Hospital Affiliation, stated the group just isn’t listening to widespread or statewide considerations from hospitals about an uptick. At peak instances, some hospitals had been hurting for ICU beds, ventilators and workers, they usually put affected person beds in hallways and stopped routine procedures.
“It appears to be fairly regionalized the previous couple months,” Peterson stated in an e mail Friday. “There was a small surge of sufferers in Lake County space a few month in the past, after an prolonged interval of no COVID-positive sufferers.”
On June 27, the Missoula Metropolis-County Well being Division despatched out a information launch recommending indoor masks use for everybody, no matter vaccination standing. Missoula County is also listed as at a excessive neighborhood stage for COVID-19, and Well being Division Public Data Officer Hayley Devlin stated Monday the advice stays in place and is in keeping with CDC pointers.
“Missoula County has ample entry to the instruments wanted to stop the worst outcomes of COVID-19,” Devlin stated in an e mail. “MCCHD encourages residents to utilize vaccines, boosters, therapeutics and masks to guard themselves and susceptible residents in our neighborhood.”
In Montana, 56 % of the eligible inhabitants is taken into account totally vaccinated, based on the DPHHS dashboard. Within the U.S., 67 % of the inhabitants is totally vaccinated, based on the Johns Hopkins College and Drugs Coronavirus Useful resource Heart.
To this point, 3,450 folks have died from COVID-19 in Montana, based on DPHHS.