(RiverStone Health Press Release)
BILLINGS – A Yellowstone County resident less than 40 years old died this week from COVID-19-related illness, bringing the county’s death toll to 272 deaths since April 2020, according to RiverStone Health records
A woman in her 30s died Wednesday, June 9, at a Billings hospital. She had underlying medical conditions and had not been vaccinated against COVID-19. She is the youngest resident of Yellowstone County to have died so far from the pandemic virus in 2021. By 2020, three residents of Yellowstone County died in their thirties from COVID-1
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this latest pandemic victim,” said John Felton Yellowstone County Health Officer, President and CEO of RiverStone Health. “Her death is a tragic testimony that this virus can attack young people. Therefore, everyone 12 years and older needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19. ”
Safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is conveniently available through many local pharmacies. RiverStone Health staffs the free vaccination clinics listed below. The clinic at Montana State University Billings offers the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is approved for ages 18 and up and requires only one dose. All other clinics listed will offer both the J&J vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for ages 12 and up and requires two doses.
Friday 11. June at 8-17, RiverStone Health, 123 S. 27. St., in the four-story building.
· Friday, June 11 at 11-13, Petro Theater, Montana State University main campus, J&J vaccine for people over 18 years of age.
· Monday 14 June at 12.00, Castle Rock Park under Reading Rocks and Billings Public Schools free summer lunch program.
· Tuesday 15 June at 12.00, Pioneer Park during Reading Rocks and the lunch program.
· Wednesday 16 June at 12.00, Castle Rock Park.
· Thursday 17 June at 12.00, Central Park under Reading Rocks and lunch program.
Persons under the age of 18 must have a vaccination permit form signed by a parent or guardian. Consent statements can be found at the clinics and at covid.riverstonehealth.org under “Vaccinations”.