Big Horn County Announces 66th Death from COVID-19 Adds nine (9) newly-confirmed cases of the virus over three (3) days—20 Jan

HARDIN, MONTANA (January 17, 2021) – Big Horn County today announced the 66th death of a County resident due to complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The decedent is a man in his 70’s who was hospitalized prior to his death.
The Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition is deeply saddened to learn of his passing and extends our deepest condolences to his family and friends on his tragic loss.
This is the third death of a County resident recorded in January. The County’s fatality rate is 3.0% (66 deaths out of 2,234 total cases).
Big Horn County added six (6) newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, January 15, 2021, no new cases on Saturday, January 16, 2021, and three (3) new cases on Sunday, January 17, 2021, for a three-day total of nine (9) new cases. One (1) person was asymptomatic (without symptoms) and eight (8) presented with symptoms when tested. Three (3) cases are assumed to be contracted through community spread (unknown origin) and six (6) could be traced by public health to previously-known cases of coronavirus.
The new cases are:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals
Under age 10 – – –
Age 10 – 19 – 1 1
Age 20 – 29 – – –
Age 30 – 39 – 3 3
Age 40 – 49 – 1 1
Age 50 – 59 2 – 2
Age 60 – 69 – 2 2
Over age 70 – – –
Totals 2 7 9
Total confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Big Horn County:
Age Ranges Female Male Totals Recovered Active Deaths
Under age 10 86 95 181
Age 10 – 19 181 181 362
Age 20 – 29 187 160 347
Age 30 – 39 192 177 369
Age 40 – 49 154 118 272
Age 50 – 59 156 114 270
Age 60 – 69 137 109 246
Over age 70 111 76 187
Totals 1,204 1,030 2,234 2,125 43 66

Recoveries, which indicate that the patient is no longer able to transmit the virus but may still have symptoms, increased by 26 to 2,125. In the County, 66 deaths have been certified as COVID-19-related. Of the 43 active cases, 30 patients are quarantining and recovering at home. The number of Big Horn County resident patients currently hospitalized in the region is 13.
Month
Number of Cases Number of Deaths
April 3 –
May 27 –
June 44 3
July 249 5
August 357 8
September 294 6
October 456 17
November 473 8
December 262 16
January (01/17/2021 to date) 69 3
Total since Pandemic Began 2,234 66
Let’s keep the new case numbers low! 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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