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Montana adds 100 virus deaths in seven days

| November 21, 2020 12:00 PM

Montana tallied 100 COVID-19 related deaths over the last week.

According to state data posted Saturday, 600 Montana residents have died of the virus since the pandemic began. The state eclipsed the 500 mark just seven days earlier.

Yellowstone County has accounted for the most deaths with 112, followed by 58 deaths in Cascade County and 50 in Big Horn County. Flathead County reported 30 total deaths on Saturday.

Hospitalizations statewide have fluctuated between 450 to more than 500 over the last week.

About 4% of the 54,543 Montana residents infected with the virus have been hospitalized, state data shows.

According to a Nov. 20 report, Benefis Hospitals in Great Falls and St. Vincent Health Care in Billings had exceeded 90% of its inpatient capacity. Billings Clinic, Bozeman Deaconess, St. James Healthcare and St. Peters Health were all between 70% and 90% of capacity.

The state added 1,280 new cases Saturday. Flathead County recorded 157 new cases, and had 1,998 active cases.

Kalispell had 739 active cases, Whitefish 129 and Columbia Falls had 123 active cases.