COVID-19 has become one of the top 10 causes of pediatric death in the U.S. Nationally, nearly 1,000 children have died of COVID-19 related illness. While COVID-19 pediatric deaths are rare, tragically, they do happen. Three Billings pediatrician write to encourage parents to protect their children with safe, effective vaccinations against severe COVID-19 illness.
Only about 51 percent of age-eligible Yellowstone County residents have been vaccinated. There seems to be a disconnect about the seriousness of the current uptick in cases across the county, state and country.
“Regardless of whether a student is wearing a mask or not, each deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. There must be no tolerance for bullying due to masking or not masking.”
Thanks to The Billings Gazette editorial board for encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments at free, fast Yellowstone County community clinics are available at mtreadyclinic.org
Thank you to the Billings Gazette for the editorial on the work public health is doing to protect our communities. Please remember the 3 W’s – Wash Your Hands, Watch Your Distance, and Wear a Mask/Face Covering.
The risk of becoming infected with the new coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 is dependent on exposure, and right now, that risk in Montana is low. But the virus has produced a disturbing amount of misinformation, rumors and gossip spread as fact.
The risk of a Billings resident contracting the new Coronavirus is unlikely, but not impossible. That’s why Public Health Services at RiverStone Health has been preparing since mid-January in cooperation with local hospitals, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our director of Health Promotion was instrumental in introducing this approach in Billings Public Schools. A federal grant has expanded PAX across the state to train about 1,100 elementary school teachers.
During the last Legislative session, 12 Republicans and Democrats stopped an attack on a local rule to the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.
Hospice staff organized a wedding for a couple who had been together for 35 years. After the groom asked the hospice chaplain if he could perform the ceremony, staff pitched in to organize makeup, hair, nails, wedding dress, flowers, food and a wedding cake.