Local surge of COVID-19 incoming as health care increasingly strained


Last updated 1/14/2022 at 11:39am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

A sign on Fifth Avenue, yet to be updated, shows the number of peopel vaccinated in Hill County. Montana's COVID vaccination map shows that out of nearly 15,000 people in the county eligible to be vaccinated 8,699 are fully vaccinated. It does not have information on boosters administered. The Hill and Blaine county health departments are saying a major surge is likely to hit in the near future as the omicron variant of the virus causing COVID-19 spreads, and urged people to get vaccinated and to get a booster if vaccinated.

As COVID-19 cases surge throughout the U.S., driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant, local public health is preparing for a significant local surge of the virus, one that could heavily strain public health.

Hill County Public Health Director Kim Berg, also the county's health officer, said her department is predicting a surge of COVID-19 resembling those seen in the eastern part of the U.S., and they're already seeing an uptick.

"We started seeing a pretty rapid increase in cases at the end of last week and beginning of this week, which is to be expected," she said.

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