Covid In Montana Is Spiking

When it comes to controversy in America, I'm not sure there is a more divisive topic than Covid.

Regardless of what you believe about the virus, one thing is certain, Montana is seeing a spike almost like no other state in America.

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It's very possible you know someone who has had Covid recently.

My mother-in-law and niece both recently had it.

My son's preschool teachers have come down with it just this week as well.

In fact right now Montana is experiencing a 30% increase.

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Montana Is Second For Covid Increases

Thankfully, while the increase in cases is rising, the amount of hospitalizations aren't near the levels we saw in 2020.

Nationwide, there has been just a 0.1 percent rise in the number of patients occupying intensive-care-unit beds with COVID-19, representing the worst cases, which usually require ventilation.

We also might have seen the peak in deaths as well,

Though the number of deaths with the virus has been steadily rising since July—to 1,002 deaths recorded in the week to September 2—provisional data suggests this total is now falling, and is far below the highest peaks of the pandemic. The greatest number of weekly recorded deaths, nearly 26,000, came in the first week of January 2021.

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What Does This Mean For Montana?

Masks, lock downs, stay home save lives, could those trending topics be coming back?

More than likely not for two reasons.

One, the leadership we now have in Helena has shifted from what was there in 2020.

Two, while the numbers are rising, they aren't anywhere near what we saw in 2020.

That said, nothing wrong with taking precautions and wearing a mask and staying home when you don't feel good.

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