BUTTE — The Butte-Silver Bow Well being Division confirmed 9 extra COVID-19-related fatalities locally. Two of these deaths had been reported yesterday by MTN Information.
The current deaths occurred at Beehive Properties of Butte, 2930 Elm, with three fatalities, the ability’s first deaths associated to COVID-19.
Deaths additionally occurred at Copper Ridge Well being and Rehab, with 5 fatalities, and locally at giant, with one fatality.
COVID-19 fatalities had beforehand been introduced at Copper Ridge, Crest Nursing Dwelling, Continental Care and Rehabilitation, the Springs at Butte, and throughout the group itself.
The deaths carry to a complete of 35 COVID-19-related fatalities in Butte-Silver Bow.
“We’re considering of the households of those Butte-Silver Bow residents and prolong our heartfelt sympathies,” Butte-Silver Bow Well being Officer Karen Sullivan mentioned Monday.
Announcement of the fatalities got here on the identical day the Well being Division launched its weekly knowledge report, exhibiting 282 newly confirmed instances of COVID-19 within the county for the week of Nov. 21-Nov. 27, down from 419 instances the earlier week.
“We hope that this decline in instances is indicative of the restrictions just lately carried out by the Well being Division and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock,” Sullivan mentioned. These restrictions embody 50 p.c capability and 10 p.m. closing instances at eating places, bars, breweries, distilleries and casinos; limitations on public gatherings and occasions to 25 people the place social distancing is just not attainable; and a requirement to put on face coverings in public locations.
Butte-Silver Bow’s restrictions mirror the governor’s, that are binding statewide. Nevertheless, Sullivan mentioned she and Well being Division workers on Monday reviewed varied COVID19 metrics to find out whether or not the restrictions domestically should be tightened. “Our evaluation doesn’t point out a have to tighten the restrictions, although some metrics are regarding to us,” she mentioned.
For the week of Nov. 21-27, a median of 50 new instances of COVID-19 was confirmed day by day in Butte-Silver Bow; instances per 100,000 inhabitants for the week had been 142. For that exact metric – instances per 100,000 – Butte-Silver Bow is increased than any of the opposite populous counties in Montana – Cascade, Yellowstone, Missoula, Lewis & Clark, Gallatin, Flathead and Ravalli.
The Harvard World Well being Institute signifies that any determine greater than 25 instances per 100,000 inhabitants places a group right into a “pink zone” through which precautionary measures are strongly suggested.
For the time interval of Nov. 5-18, Butte-Silver Bow’s take a look at positivity fee was 31.four p.c – solely two of the extra populous counties, Flathead at 37.2 p.c and Ravalli at 38.5 p.c – have positivity charges increased than Butte-Silver Bow’s. The united statesCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Companies says positivity charges of greater than 10 p.c put a group into that “pink zone” for concern.
“These two metrics are what we’ll proceed to take a look at on a weekly foundation to make sure that the restrictions we’ve got in place are enough,” Sullivan mentioned. A shiny be aware within the knowledge report – together with a decline in optimistic instances – are the variety of shut contacts related to these instances. For the week of Nov. 21-27, the variety of shut contacts recognized by the Well being Division was 482, a decline from the earlier two weeks.
“The Well being Division and Board of Well being wish to thank the group of Butte-Silver Bow,” Sullivan mentioned. “Thanks, thanks for limiting your contacts.”