Big Horn County Announces 65th Death from COVID-19 Decedent is woman in her 70’s—05 Jan

HARDIN, MONTANA (January 4, 2021) – Big Horn County today announced the 65th death of a County resident due to complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decedent is a woman in her 70’s who was hospitalized prior to her death today, Monday, January 4, 2021.
The Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition extends our deepest sympathies to her family and friends on her tragic loss.
This is the first death of a County resident recorded in January. The County’s fatality rate remains at 3.0% (65 deaths out of 2,170 total cases). The fatality rate for persons age 70 and over is 20.8% (37 deaths out of 178 total cases).
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 262 16
January (01/04/2021 to date) 5 1
Total since Pandemic Began 2,170 65
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
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. For more information about the County’s COVID-19 response, please visit our Facebook page at

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