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One third of Americans have received first vaccination

Madison County COVID & Vaccination Update

As of April 6, Madison County reported five active coronavirus cases. Four thousand twenty-eight total vaccinations have been administered, 1,622 individuals are fully vaccinated and 7,454 are eligible to be vaccinated.

At Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center (TRMCC) in Sheridan, Mont., no residents or staff are quarantined. The county prevalence rate is 2.9%, which requires twice weekly testing of staff, and resident testing as needed. Compassionate care visits are allowed, and the outdoor and indoor visitation booths are being utilized. TRMCC is anticipating three or four new admissions over the next weeks.

At Madison Valley Manor (MVM) in Ennis, Mont., no residents are quarantined but one staff member is currently out on quarantine. Due to this, the facility is under an outbreak status. Staff are being tested twice weekly and outbreak testing is conducted for residents.

After the first round of outbreak testing, no positive cases have been identified at MVM. Compassionate care visits are allowed, but no other visitation may occur. One new resident was admitted on Monday, but due to the outbreak, other admissions are on hold.

On April 1, Gov. Greg Gianforte celebrated 500,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered at a clinic site in Butte. April 1 began the rollout of the expanded criteria for Montana residents to receive vaccines. Nation-wide, three million vaccinations are administered daily and about one third of Americans have received their first shot.

On March 30, Gov. Gianforte issued a directive to reduce barriers to vaccine administration in pharmacies across the state.

The directive allows pharmacists to use any health care provider, licensed by the state of Montana or another state who is qualified to administer vaccines within scope of practice, to assist in administrating COVID-19 vaccinations for the rest of the state of emergency. “The directive I issued today will make it easier for pharmacies to efficiently administer does to more Montanans,” Gov. Gianforte said.

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