Montana continues to see a drop in Coronavirus cases as officials have more than 52,000 fully vaccinated.
The Treasure State’s pandemic battle is on two fronts, with 121 new positive cases reported Monday and counties continuing to follow vaccination plans, according to information posted on the state’s COVID web site.
In Fallon County, 178 people were reported as fully vaccinated by Monday, while 624 doses had been given.
In neighboring Carter County, 91 people had been fully immunized by Monday, with 283 doses given out.
The two counties along the southeastern edge of the state, have a total of seven active positive cases between them. Carter County has four cases, while Fallon County has three.
The Fallon County Health Department announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Fallon County residents Thursday, bringing the total to three. At the same time, the department posted on Facebook that 277 county residents had recovered and no one was currently hospitalized. Since the year started, Fallon County has had a total of 282 cases and two deaths listed related to COVID-19.
The department also advised residents that masks were still required.
Just two days earlier, the county was reporting just one active case.
According to the health department, the fully vaccinated persons who meet criteria will no longer be required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19. There are additional considerations for patients and residents in healthcare settings.
There are reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated persons in community settings.
Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all the following criteria:
1. Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2 -dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
2. Are within three months following receipt of the last dose in the series
3. Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
When it comes to vaccinations, the county is still in Phase 1B. That includes people over the age of 70 , also American Indians and other people of color who may be at elevated risk for COVID-19 complication, persons aged 18-69 with high-risk medical conditions.
North of Fallon County, Wibaux County has just one positive COVID case, while Powder River County along the border with Wyoming also had one positive.
The state had a reported 2,735 active cases as of Monday with a total of 92 active hospitalizations.
The state also has listed 93,476 as recovered since the pandemic began almost a year ago. The state has had 97,539 cumulative cases.
Statewide, 1,328 fatalities have been recorded as COVID related since the pandemic began early in 2020.
In mid-November, the state had a high of more than 1,600 active positive cases reported in one day for the high point of the pandemic in the state.
As of Monday, the state had reported that 181,572 doses of vaccines had been administered, with Yellowstone County administering the most – 30,353 doses. Missoula County followed with 20,245 doses, followed by Gallatin County (15,145), Lewis and Clark County (14,364), and Cascade County (12,749).