THE LOCAL NEWS OF THE MADISON VALLEY, RUBY VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

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Madison County COVID & Vaccination Update

Madison County has four active coronavirus cases. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic remains at seven and there are currently zero active hospitalizations.

“This is the first time in a long time we have no active hospitalizations” Joe Brummell, head of the incident management team, said.

Montana remains in Phase 1B+ of the vaccination process, which lowered the age requirement from 70 years old to 60. Nine hundred and ninety-six Madison County residents are fully vaccinated and 1,858 have received the first dose, as of March 16. Brummell mentioned the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was expected to be administered last week, but there is no extra information on this yet.

Emilie Sayler, public information officer for the Ruby Valley Medical Center (RVMC), explained RVMC continues to receive the Moderna vaccination and administers the doses as they arrive weekly to the facility. RVMC has administered 989 doses thus far and have few people left on the 1B+ waitlist. Sayler encourages adults in the area to continue to call and get on the next list so the facility can plan for vaccination clinics moving forward.

Teachers in the county that wanted a vaccine have received vaccinations from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Vaccinations for this program do not come out of state allocations, but the Biden Administration’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program that partners with pharmacies across the country to distribute vaccines quickly and effectively.

Educators may find participating pharmacies at https://vaccinefinder.org.

Phase 1C is still expected to commence this spring/summer.

At Madison Valley Manor (MVM), no residents are quarantined, no staff are out sick, and zero residents are currently hospitalized. MVM is using the indoor visitation booth for visitors.

At Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center (TRMCC), no residents are quarantined, eight residents have recovered from COVID-19 and two staff members are out. No visitation is currently allowed due to an outbreak status, which should be lifted on Thursday.

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