Montana has 3,784 active COVID cases; pediatrician urges parents to reconsider masks | State & Regional

“With the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, we have been unable to reach our goal of contacting and following up within 24 hours,” said Barbara Schneeman, VP of Communications at RiverStone Health. “Currently, we don’t have the capacity to do the contact tracing that results from a case study.”

St. Vincent Healthcare had 41 COVID-19 patients and six COVID-19 patients in the ICU on Monday, six of which were intubated.

Over the weekend, three COVID-19 patients died at Billings Clinic, the youngest of whom was 58 years old. Billings Clinic also enrolled a 24-year-old and a 37-year-old with severe COVID-19 illness, underscoring that in the fourth wave of infections, younger people are becoming seriously ill.

As of Monday, Billings Clinic had 40 admitted patients with COVID-19 and about two-thirds of them were under the age of 60, much younger than in the past, said Nancy Iversen, director of patient safety and infection control at Billings Clinic.

While the number of admitted patients appears to have stabilized in the few weeks, Iversen said there is a steady flow of patients, with some being released as more are admitted.

The hospital is caring for seven patients who are no longer contagious but are recovering from prolonged COVID-19 symptoms. Out-of-state patients from Michigan, Washington, Nebraska, Texas, Idaho and Wyoming also receive care at Billings hospitals.

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