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Yellowstone County records 29 previously unreported COVID deaths

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

RiverStone Health in Billings has identified 29 additional COVID-related deaths in Yellowstone County over the past two months that were previously unreported.

County health officials say a review of death certificates since Sept. 1 found 16 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities, four deaths at Billings hospitals, and nine deaths at private residences. The deceased were anywhere from their 50s to their 90s; at least 12 were unvaccinated, and almost all had underlying health conditions.

The previously unreported deaths will be reflected in the state’s count, which grew by more than 50 on Monday. The Department of Health and Human Services says it regularly conducts data reconciliation.

RiverStone also reported four new COVID deaths over the weekend. Two women in their 60s — one vaccinated and the other unvaccinated, both with underlying health conditions — died on Friday. A man in his 70s died on Saturday, and another man, also in his 70s, died on Sunday. Both were vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.

The county has now recorded 387 deaths due to COVID-19 since April 2020.

Nadya joined Yellowstone Public Radio as news director in October 2021. Before coming to YPR, she spent six years as digital news editor/reporter for the NPR affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, where her work earned several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Social Media. Originally from Texas, Nadya has lived and worked in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C.; and North Dakota. She lives in Billings with her cat, Dragon, and dog, Trooper, and enjoys hiking, crocheting, and traveling as often as possible.