Park County marks another COVID death

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, April 26, 2021

A Park County resident died last week from COVID-19, according to Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick, the 19th COVID-19 death in the county.

“I am sad to report that COVID-19 continues to take a toll on Park County,” Desnick said Friday in her weekly video update.

“Our hearts go out to those affected by these ongoing impacts,” Desnick said.

Park County has been averaging about three to four new COVID-19 cases per day over the last few weeks, Desnick said.

There are 45 active COVID-19 cases in Park County, according to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 dashboard, and the county has reported 1,276 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.

Statewide, Montana has reported 108,111 COVID-19 cases, 965 of which are active.

Not all the news is bad, though, as Desnick reported nearly half of Park County’s eligible population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 dashboard, 12,229 COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in Park County, with the first dose having been administered to 7,435 people and 5,180 fully vaccinated.

The population in Park County eligible to be vaccinated is 14,096, according to the dashboard. 

Montanans age 16 and up are currently eligible to be vaccinated, and Desnick said getting the shot is the most reliable way to prevent the virus spreading to young children.

The county will soon begin pop-up vaccine clinics and evening clinics so working parents and those who have had trouble getting to the daytime clinics can be vaccinated, Desnick said.

“Vaccines have been saving lives in the U.S. and around the world for more than one hundred years,” she said.