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Health Department announces three additional fatalities related to COVID-19, no vaccination clinic this week

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The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department announces three additional fatalities related to COVID-19. 
 
Health Officer Karen Sullivan said Monday that the fatalities all occurred in February 2021. The fatalities were confirmed through a routine reconciliation with state COVID-19 fatality data, and a Health Department review of death records. All three were residents of the Crest Nursing Home in Butte. 
 
The fatalities bring to a total of 85 deaths related to COVID-19 in Butte-Silver Bow. 
 
“Butte-Silver Bow sustained more fatalities per capita than the other populous counties in Montana,” Sullivan said. “The virus has had a tragic outcome for our county.” 
 
In addition to the updated fatality count, the Health Department released other COVID-19 data in its weekly report. As of Sunday, April 18, the department was reporting 4,050 positive cases in the county since Butte-Silver Bow was informed of its first COVID-19 case March 13, 2020. Of those, 3,943 have recovered, and 22 cases remain active. 
 
For the week of April 10-16, the Health Department reported 30 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 15 cases from the previous week of April 3-9, when 15 new cases were reported.  
 
Based on those 30 new cases, daily average cases for the week of April 10-16 was four, up from the previous week’s daily average cases of two. Cases per 100,000 population for the week of April 10-16 was 12, up from six per 100,000 the previous week. 
 
The county’s current positivity rate – the percent of people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus in a given time period – decreased from the previous time period, moving to 2.7 percent in the time period of April 7-13, down from 4 percent during the previous time period. 
 
Sullivan said as of Monday, Butte-Silver Bow had administered 27,618 COVID-19 vaccine doses, with 11,877 individuals fully immunized. Doses per 1,000 population stands at 966.5, putting Butte-Silver Bow at No. 1 in the state for doses per 1,000 people. 
 
“We would like to thank our Unified Health Command vaccination team and our vaccination clinic volunteers, particularly those from Butte Catholic Community North and Montana Technological University,” Sullivan said. “It has truly been a community effort. But we would especially like to thank the community of Butte-Silver Bow for coming in to be vaccinated. That is a true contribution to our community’s health.”
 
More information on vaccine distribution in Butte-Silver Bow and in Montana may be found at:  https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d 4b. 
 
No vaccination clinics will be conducted this week. A clinic next week is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 at the Butte Civic Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Sullivan said clinic organizers are hoping the late afternoon and early evening hours will help to accommodate those who have been unable to attend the clinic during daytime hours. 
 
Sullivan said the Unified Health Command, comprised of representatives from the Health Department, St.  James Healthcare, Southwest Montana Community Health Center, and the Butte Native Wellness Center (formerly the North American Indian Alliance), is pivoting in regard to the provision of vaccine in Butte Silver Bow.  
 
“We will likely continue for a bit to administer vaccine during late afternoon and early evening hours at the Civic Center,” Sullivan said, adding that this format likely will continue on a bi-monthly or monthly basis. “We will be moving to employer-based clinics and other outreach venues, bringing the vaccine to people rather than people coming to the vaccine. We will continue to alert the public where they can be vaccinated, whether that be at our clinics, at pharmacies, primary care clinics or other venues.” 
 
Sullivan said that the general public, in addition to accessing the Civic Center site for vaccinations, can locate other vaccination locations at https://vaccinefinder.org/. 
Those wishing to register for next week’s vaccine clinic at the Civic Center may do so at  https://butteciviccenter.com or by calling 406-497-5008.  




 
 

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