Big Horn County Announces 64th Death from COVID-19 Six (6) newly-confirmed cases added—04 Jan

HARDIN, MONTANA (January 4, 2021) – Big Horn County today announced the 64th death of a County resident due to complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decedent is a woman in her 80’s who was hospitalized prior to her death Thursday, December 31, 2020.
The Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition sends our sincere condolences to her family and friends on her loss.
This is the 16th death of a County resident recorded in December. The County’s fatality rate increased to 3.0% (64 deaths out of 2,165 total cases). The fatality rate for persons age 70 and over is 20.2%.
Big Horn County added six (6) newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Two (2) of the new patients were asymptomatic (without symptoms) and four (4) presented with symptoms when tested. Three (3) patients likely contracted the virus through community spread and three (3) cases could be traced by public health to previously-known cases of coronavirus.
The new cases are:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals
Under age 10 – 1 1
Age 10 – 19 – 1 1
Age 20 – 29 – – –
Age 30 – 39 2 1 3
Age 40 – 49 1 – 1
Age 50 – 59 – – –
Age 60 – 69 – – –
Over age 70 – – –
Totals 3 3 6
At the end of 2020, total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 85 87 172
Age 10 – 19 177 175 352
Age 20 – 29 181 156 337
Age 30 – 39 188 170 358
Age 40 – 49 151 116 267
Age 50 – 59 152 109 261
Age 60 – 69 134 106 240
Over age 70 107 71 178
Totals 1,175 990 2,165 2,050 51 64
Recoveries in the County remain at 2,050. 64 persons are deceased. Of the 51 active cases, 36 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 15.

Month
Number of Cases Number of Deaths
April 3 –
May 27 –
June 44 3
July 249 5
August 357 8
September 294 7
October 456 17
November 473 8
December (12/31/2020 to date) 262 16
Total since Pandemic Began 2,165 64
Even if you have recently received the first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19, it is important to follow the three W’s: Wash your hands; Watch your distance from other people; Wear a mask. The County asks all residents to please continue stay home more often and to avoid events or gatherings. Also, the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Public Health ask everyone to wear a mask and social distance when outside of their homes and in public.
Tracking down contacts to a positive case (contact tracing) is one of the best tools public health can use to slow the spread of the virus. If you believe you were in the presence of a recently confirmed COVID-19 case for more than five (5) minutes, please call public health so that a nurse may interview you and determine what level of exposure you have:
• IHS Public Health Nursing: (406) 638-3478
• Big Horn County Public Health: (406) 665-8720
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Big Horn County is the sixth largest county in Montana, at approximately 5,023 square miles, and with a population exceeding 13,000. The local government was established January 13, 1913. Hardin is the County Seat. https://www.bighorncountymt.gov/ For more information about the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BHCMTResponds.

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