Montana COVID update (Wednesday, August 11, 2021)

376 new cases confirmed
Posted at 10:49 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 12:50:46-04

HELENA — There are 376 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Montana, and the number of active cases rose to 2,523 on Wednesday.

Flathead County reported the most new cases with 65, along with 648 active cases. Yellowstone County saw the second-largest increase in cases at 62 followed by Gallatin County with 40. Yellowstone County is now at 355 active cases while Gallatin County reports 162 active cases.

The total number of Montanans who have died due to COVID remains at 1,726, according to the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS).

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID has risen from 154 to 164 since Tuesday. The cumulative number of hospitalizations in Montana due to the virus is 5,892.

There have been 119,123 cumulative cases of COVID in Montana. The cumulative number of recoveries stands at 114,874. The total number of COVID tests administered in Montana is 1,536,434.

The number of state residents who have been fully immunized against the virus is now 448,533 (about 49% of the state population). The total number of doses administered is 909,627.

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The information above is from the DPHHS website and is current as of Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The site is updated daily and includes state-level and county-specific data for cases, recoveries, vaccinations, deaths, and tests.

Adam Meier, director of DPHHS, said in a news release last week that COVID-related hospitalization data from the past eight weeks from June 5 to July 30 shows that 89% of Montanans who were hospitalized had not received the COVID vaccine. The data includes 358 hospitalizations of Montanans during this time frame. The hospitalizations included an age range from 1 to 97, with a median age of 64.

“This data illustrates just how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is in preventing serious illness when you consider how far we’ve come since the vaccine first became available,” Meier said. “The data is also a reminder of how important it is to get vaccinated. This is now a vaccine-preventable disease, and the last thing we want to see are more cases and hospitalizations. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. The fall and winter months are just around the corner. Now is the time to get the vaccine.”