Category Archives: Health

County has small COVID-19 case spike; walk-ins now accepted at vaccine clinic at Expo Park

Cascade County’s COVID-19 case rate rose over the last week to 10.5 per 100,000 as of April 7. That’s up for 4 per 100,000 the previous week, according to Trisha Gardner, county health officer. She told the City-County Board of Health during their April 7 regular meeting that there “doesn’t appear to be any one certain event or large gathering

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Vaccine appointments still available, last week for community clinic signups

This is the last week to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the county community clinics. After this week, COVID-19 vaccines will still be available to the public but will no longer be administered through the Community Vaccination Clinic, which has been a partnership effort by the Cascade City-County Health Department, Benefis Health System, Great Falls Clinic and Alluvion

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Vaccine appointments still available in Cascade County, everyone over 16 eligible

Cascade County opened appointments to all residents 16 and older to schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine doses. As of Friday afternoon, only about 40 percent of those appointments had been filled, according to an email from Benefis Health System. “Next week is the last week for community clinic appointments. After that, the vaccine will be available at local pharmacies,” according

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Next round of vaccine appointments opens April 1

The next round of vaccination appointment signups opens 9 a.m. April 1. Everyone 16 and older is now eligible in Cascade County, but those under 18 need their parent or guardian present. Appointment signups are available here. As of March 29, there were 33,065 total doses given and 13,235 residents were fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard. The county

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County mask requirement, event size restrictions lifted; variant strains confirmed in Montana

Cascade County’s case rate for the week ending March 17 is 9.6 per 100,000. That means the mask requirement and event capacity restrictions are now lifted. In February, the county health board issued a local health order that included a mask requirement and limited events to 75 percent of venue capacity, without additional approval from the Cascade County City-County Health

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COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanding to all 16 and older April 1; state finds COVID-19 as third leading cause of death for 2020

COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all Montanans 16 and older beginning April 1, Gov. Greg Gianforte said during a March 16 press conference. Cascade County is opening the next round of vaccine appointments open 9 a.m. March 18 for those in Phase 1B+, which includes anyone 60 or older and, those 16 and older with certain underlying conditions from Phase

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County reports backlog of case reporting, won’t affect this week’s case rate calculation

Cascade County City-County Health Department said March 15 that there will be a higher number of COVID-19 cases reported by the state early this week due to a reporting error by a local healthcare agency. According to a release from CCHD, about 370 non-current COVID-19 cases “were not reported to the state in a timely fashion and thus have not

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Next round of vaccination appointments opens March 18

The next round of vaccination appointments opens 9 a.m. March 18 and more people are now eligible. The county is now in Phase 1B+, which includes anyone 60 or older and, those 16 and older with certain underlying conditions from Phase 1B and has expanded to those 16-59 with the following conditions: Asthma (moderate to severe) Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood

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UP, Alluvion open second COVID testing site; additional vaccination sites opening

The University of Providence and Alluvion Health have partnered to offer a second COVID-19 testing location to the Cascade County community. The second testing site is located in the University of Providence Recreation Center Building, formerly known as the Old ‘Bingo Bonanza’ building next to El Comedor. UP, Alluvion, Adlera Lab partnering for COVID-19 tests for returning students Anyone of

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