Montana health officials report 112,690 total Coronavirus cases for Thursday, June 10, 2021. Nearly 1,638 people have died of the virus. Yellowstone County residents less than 40 years old passed away this week due to COVID-19 related illness, bringing the county’s pandemic death toll to 272 lives lost since April 2020.
A woman in her 30s died on Wednesday, June 9, at a Billings hospital. She had underlying medical conditions and hadn’t been vaccinated against COVID-19. She is the youngest Yellowstone County resident to die of the pandemic virus so far in 2021. In 2020, three Yellowstone County residents in their thirties died of COVID-19 related disease.
John Felton, Yellowstone County health officer, president and CEO of RiverStone Health said that our hearts go out to the family and friends of this latest pandemic victim. Her death is tragic testimony that this virus can attack young people. That’s why everyone age 12 and over needs to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Safe, effective Coronavirus vaccines are available through many local pharmacies. RiverStone Health is staffing the free, walk-in vaccination clinics listed below. The clinic at Montana State University Billings will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is approved for ages 18 and older and requires only one dose. All other clinics listed will offer both the J&J vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for ages 12 and older and requires two doses.People under 18 must have a Coronavirus vaccination consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Consent forms are available at the clinics and covid.riverstonehealth.org under “vaccinations”.