Vaccine update from RVMC

At the end of December, the State of Montana released an Information Sheet through the Montana Health Alert Network. The information sheet communicates direction for healthcare and public health entities in a phased distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. This information was then updated on Dec. 31, but on Jan. 6, Gov.


As of Tuesday morning, Montana reported 834 new coronavirus cases, according to the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force daily report.

Between Dec. 27-Jan. 4, Madison County reported 22 new cases, according to the Madison County Public Health Department. Twenty-one of the cases are active, and 88 community members are quarantined.

Tier 1A vaccinations

On Dec. 28 Madison County had 34 residents in quarantine and 13 active coronavirus cases. Two individuals are currently hospitalized, one new since last week.

Madison County Public Health Nurse Melissa Brummell explained the decrease in numbers corresponds to a decrease in the number of people getting tests.

Celebrate safely

From Dec. 13-20, Madison County reported 15 new coronavirus cases. Sixty-five residents are in quarantine and there has been one additional hospitalization. There are 46 active cases in the county.

Madison County Public Health Nurse Melissa Brummell provided tips for enjoying the holidays safely:

Drop in positivity rate

On Tuesday, Montana reported 803 new coronavirus cases, according to the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force update.

According to Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, the Covid-19 positivity rate in Montana has dropped from a peak of 20% in November to 14% through Dec. 10.

“It’s hard,” Lee described the work done during the pandemic. “It started to feel like Groundhog’s Day,” she said. “We talk about that a lot in the lab.” Left to right: Lana Moyer, bioterrorism program specialist; Jeanne Lee; Lorna McIntyre, clinical lab technologist; and Tammy Buckley, clinical lab specialist. PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBORAH GIBSON

‘Invisible heroes’

Writer's note: my mom, laboratory QA safety specialist at the state lab, used to walk my sister and I through the halls and different components of the lab when we were little. I thought Debbie was the coolest woman then, especially after I started hearing about all the ultras she ran, and still feel that way now.


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