Big Horn County Announces 67th Death from COVID-19 Deceased is a man in his 70’s—20 Jan

HARDIN, MONTANA (January 20, 2021) – Big Horn County today announced the 67th 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 on Monday, January 18, 2021.
The Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition is sorry to learn of his passing and extends our deepest sympathies to his family and all who knew him on his tragic loss.
This is the fourth death of a County resident recorded in January. The County’s fatality rate is 3.0% (67 deaths out of 2,238 total cases). The fatality rate for persons age 70 and older is 20.3% (38 deaths out of 187 total cases).
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 (01/19/2021 to date) 73 4
Total since Pandemic Began 2,238 67
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
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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