Another COVID Butte-Silver Bow Death Announced | Local

White flags representing Butte-Silver Bow residents who have died of COVID-19 adorn the lawn in front of the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.

Michael Cast, The Montana Standard


The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department announced an additional death from COVID in the county on Monday, bringing the total to 104 residents.

The deceased resident was a woman in her 60s, according to health worker Karen Sullivan.

The county still has the highest number of deaths per capita among the most populous counties in Montana.

Butte-Silver Bow Health Department epidemiologist Amanda Marinovich recently compared the ages of people who died from COVID in the county based on their vaccination.

Marinovich found that vaccinated residents of Butte-Silver Bow who died from COVID were between 65 and 93 years old, while unvaccinated residents who died from COVID were between 29 and 91 years old.

“The review shows that the vaccine was effective and reduced the risk of death in our younger population,” Marinovich said.

Butte-Silver Bow has the second highest vaccination rate among counties in Montana, with 66% of the eligible population vaccinated. Only Missoula County has more, with 67%.

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The county saw 140 new confirmed cases during the epidemiological week of October 23-29, with the county having an average of 20 new confirmed cases per day during the epi week. The cases of COVID per 100,000 population stand at 55.52.

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