Big Horn County Announces 69th Death from COVID-19 Deceased is a man in his 70’s—04 Mar

HARDIN, MONTANA (March 4, 2021) – Big Horn County today announced the 69th 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 Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
The Big Horn County COVID-19 Response Unified Coalition deeply saddened 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 first death of a County resident recorded in March. The County’s fatality rate is 3.0% (69 deaths out of 2,326 total cases). For those age 70 and older, the fatality rate is 20.3% (39 deaths out of 192 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 92 4
February 68 1
March (03/03/2021 to date) 1 1
Total since Pandemic Began 2,326 69
It remains critically important to continue to follow the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Even if you have recently received the vaccine against COVID-19, it is important to continue 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 remind 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
To schedule an appointment with the Big Horn County Health Department for a COVID-19 vaccine, please call 406-665-8777 and leave a message with your name (please spell your name), age, date of birth, phone number, phase that you think you should be in for vaccination (1A, 1B, 1C or 2), and your pre-existing conditions. OR click on the following link to use our Google doc for fast, easy registration for phases 1C or 2:
Please visit our Facebook page for more information on how to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination in Big Horn County.
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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