BILLINGS – Six other residents of Yellowstone County died over the weekend from COVID-19-related illness, bringing the total number of resident deaths to 422 people since April 2020.
The latest deaths from the Yellowstone County pandemic have all been in hospitals in Billings, according to RiverStone Health. All six had underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for serious COVID-19 disease. Deaths include:
· A man in his sixties who died on Friday. He was not vaccinated.
· A man in his 80s who died on Saturday. He was vaccinated.
· A man in his fifties who died on Saturday. He was vaccinated.
· A 70-year-old man who died on Saturday. He was vaccinated.
· A man in his sixties who died on Sunday. He was not vaccinated.
· An 80-year-old man who died on Sunday. He was not vaccinated.
As of Monday, the Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare were caring for 34 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. Of these, 21 were on ventilators. In total, hospitals had 112 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 94 of whom were unvaccinated.
Vaccination clinics are expanding
COVID-19 vaccines are available at local pharmacies and medical clinics, including pediatric offices. In addition, these free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be offered:
Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hall, MetraPark. Cedar Hall is an old white stucco building located at the southwest end of the midway fairgrounds. Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health are teaming up to staff Cedar Hall clinics.
Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Cedar Hall, MetraPark.
November 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hall.
· November 18, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Cedar Hall.
· November 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hall.
November 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hall.
December 2, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Cedar Hall.
December 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27e St. in the four-story building.
December 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27e St, in the four-story building.
Pediatric and family clinics
For the convenience of families with children, walk-in pediatric vaccination clinics are scheduled on four Saturday mornings:
· November 13, 9 a.m. to noon at Cedar Hall, MetraPark. First dose.
· November 20, 9 a.m. to noon at Cedar Hall, MetraPark. First dose.
December 4, 9 a.m. to noon at Cedar Hall, MetraPark. Second dose.
December 11, 9 a.m. to noon at Cedar Hall, MetraPark. Second dose.
Masks are mandatory at walk-in vaccination clinics. Children under 18 must have signed a parental authorization for vaccination. Anyone who receives a vaccine is required to stay for at least 15 minutes after the observation.
Walk-in clinics will offer all three vaccines approved in the United States. Pfizer vaccine will be available in lower doses approved for children 5 to 11 years of age and doses for persons 12 years of age and older. The first, second, and booster doses are available as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first, second and booster doses of Moderna vaccine are available for people 18 years of age and older. The Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine will be available for people 18 years of age and older.
Driving tests are closed on Tuesdays
Driving COVID-19 test site at North 28e Street and 11e North Avenue will be closed on Tuesdays, staff will attend vaccination clinics during this time. RiverStone Health and St. Vincent Healthcare will continue to offer free COVID-19 drive-thru testing from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in the St. Vincent Healthcare parking lot. M, north 28e Street and 11e North Avenue. A list of other COVID-19 testing sites is posted on covid.riverstonehealth.org.
The tests are available for people five years and older who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. St. Vincent Healthcare will provide lab results to those tested within 48 hours. For a list of other testing sites in Yellowstone County, go to covid.riverstonehealth.org and click on the bar that says, “I need to be tested for COVID-19”.
Please note that this outdoor test site may close in inclement weather.