By Tim Leeds 

Officials warn of need to continue care as new COVID-19 cases trickle in


Last updated 4/20/2021 at 11:35am

Havre Daily News/Tim Leeds

A sign erected Monday by a community volunteer group at Bullhook Community Health Center lists the goal - the number of people eligible to received a COVID-19 vaccination in Hill County - and approximately how many people have been fully vaccinated. With occasional cases of COVID-19 still being confirmed in the area, officials are urging people to continue to take action to avoid the spread of the disease and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Although numbers of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this part of Montana are not mirroring the surge in other parts of the state, the nation and the world, confirmations - and deaths - continue to trickle in and local officials have joined officials around the country and the world urging people to continue to use caution and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Blaine County Health Department said in a release Monday evening that the department was notified of a new confirmation of a case of COVID-19.

"The case was not identified through contact tracing, suggesting there is evidence of continued community transmission. This reminds us that we need to continue to be careful and take steps to protect ourselves and our family," the release said. "First and foremost: Get vaccinated if you are able. Continue to wash your hands, wear a mask in public and help get us to the other side of this."

It is the only confirmed active case in Blaine County, which has had 753 total confirmations of cases and 24 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began, with the first Blaine County confirmations coming last summer.

The number of confirmations continues to stay low in Hill County, although the health department has reported two more COVID-19-related deaths in the last two weeks, one reported confirmed last Thursday evening, and has gone from 1,944 confirmed cases two weeks ago to 1,951 confirmed cases by Monday evening, with two active cases, one requiring hospitalization.

And numbers are going up heavily in other areas. The state tracking map this morning reported 72 new cases in Gallatin County, with 360 active.

Other parts of the state also are starting to see higher daily numbers of newly confirmed cases again, such as 17 in Yellowstone County, 16 in Flathead County and 15 in Cascade County, with 139, 83 and 77 active cases, respectively.

And surges are happening across the United States, starting to mirror a surge that started earlier in Europe. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, after a seven-day moving average number of daily new cases dropped to about 52,000 in March, it hit almost 70,000 last week and remained at 66,747 Sunday, the last day the average was reported.


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