COVID-19 variant cases form majority in Cascade County



The state released 58 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Montana’s total of confirmed active reports to 461.

According to state data released Friday, Cascade County has seen evidence of four COVID-19 variants of concern, including B.1.1.7 (UK), B.1.427 (California), B.1.429 ( California) and P.1 (Brazil). The Delta variant has not been detected in Cascade County, but 11 cases of this variant strain have been found in Yellowstone County.

The vast majority of variant cases in Cascade County are of British lineage, accounting for 45 of the county’s 58 variant cases. The British strain is responsible for 22 hospitalizations and two deaths statewide, according to variant data. Other interesting variants, or COVID-19 variants considered less severe than the variants of concern, found in the county include three cases of B.1.526 (NY) and one case of B.1.526.1 (NY).

The state has 111,406 recoveries, 1,662 total deaths and 55 active hospitalizations from the virus, according to the state’s website

The state administered 1,437,198 tests for the coronavirus, 2,024 more than Thursday.

Montana’s first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 11, 2020.

To date, a total of 858,078 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. There have been 432,612 residents fully immune to COVID-19. This means that 46% of Montana’s eligible population is now fully vaccinated.

Cascade County has reported 10 new cases. The county now has 76 active cases, 9,214 recoveries and 187 deaths. Of the county’s eligible population, 41% are now fully immunized.

Yellowstone County now has 136 active cases, the most of any county in the state, after adding 12 new cases on Friday. Gallatin County now has 16 active cases after adding five on Friday. Flathead County added four cases for a total of 44 active cases in the county. Lewis and Clark County and Silverbow County also added four cases each.

Nicole Girten is a government watch reporter for the Great Falls Tribune. You can email him at [email protected] To support coverage of Great Falls and Cascade County, subscribe to the Tribune by clicking the “Subscribe” link at the top of the page.



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