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The number of cases of COVID-19 in southeast Montana has dropped sharply in recent weeks with the Fallon County Health Department moving into the next phase of administering the Moderna vaccine.  

Even though a new Public Health Director has not been hired, the department will also be co-coordinating with Carter County for vaccinations.

The department has announced the beginning of Phase 1B of administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“If you are 70+, 18-69 with qualifying medical conditions, or American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complications, and would like to receive the vaccine please call 460-778-2824 to be added to our list,” the department posted on its Facebook site recently.

The department said the qualifying medical conditions for Phase 1B include:

Cancer, Chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), Sickle cell disease, Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mellitus. On a case by case basis, medical providers may include individuals with other conditions that place them at elevated risk for COVID-19 related complications.”

Since Dec. 31 the department announced that online updates will continue to be posted on Facebook, but not on a regular basis. Messages and questions will not be monitored regularly until the Fallon County Health Department hires a new director, the Facebook post explained.

In its latest post Jan. 21, the department announced that Fallon County had dropped down to zero current cases. “We are at 0 cases in Fallon County. Due to time constraints, because of coordinating COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Fallon and Carter County, we will only be updating our Facebook page when there are changes to the number of active cases or other information that needs to be put out to the public. Thank you all for you understanding,” the post explained.

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