Yellowstone County tops 500 COVID-19 deaths
Deaths in Yellowstone County due to COVID-19 have topped 500.
RiverStone Health, which serves as the city-county health department, reported Wednesday 10 more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the county's death toll since the pandemic to 506.
All 10 had underlying medical conditions and only one was vaccinated.
A man in his 60s and a man in his 70s died this week in Billings hospitals.The eight other deaths were identified through a review of death certificates:
- A man in his 70s who died at a local care facility on Jan. 22
- A man in his 50s who died at a Billings hospital on Jan. 22
- A man in his 90s who died at a residence on Jan. 20.
- A woman in her 90s who died at a residence on Jan. 16
- A woman in her 60s who died at a residence on Jan. 4
- A man in his 50s who died at a Billings hospital on Dec. 29, 2021
- A man in his 60s who died at a residence on Dec. 29, 2021
- A woman in her 80s who died at a Billings hospital on Dec. 5, 2021
As of Wednesday, Billings hospitals were caring for 84 COVID-19 patients, 16 of them in the ICU and 8 of them on ventilators. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county has risen steadily since late December but is down slightly from the end of January, when 87 people were hospitalized.
Montana hit 3,000 COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, and has recorded another 26 since then.