Gallatin County Health Officer Matt Kelley joined Dave & Ally on the XL Morning Show to discuss Halloween and staying safe amidst parties and trick-or-treating. Listen below.

Just a few hours after Matt finished talking with Dave & Ally, the Gallatin County Health Department announced another death locally related to COVID-19. According to a press release from the Health Department, the person was a woman in her 80s. She passed away at the hospital.

“It’s so very sad to lose anyone to this disease and we send our condolences to family and friends,” said Matt Kelley, Gallatin City-County Health Department Health Officer. “Now more than ever, we need citizens to take this virus seriously and follow the well-known recommendations. We can’t curb COVID-19 without the help of our community.”

Out of respect to the family, the Health Department said no other details will be released.

This is the seventh death in Gallatin County linked to COVID-19. To date, no one under the age of 50 has died in the Bozeman area with COVID-19. The age breakdown of COVID-19 related deaths is:

  • 50s - 1
  • 60s - 1
  • 80s - 1
  • 90s - 4

The current death rate from the coronavirus in the county is 0.22%. Hospitalizations with COVID-19 are back up to our peak of 15. The latest Montana Hospital Status Report released on October 28 shows that Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is now between 70% - 90% of beds occupied. Here is how bed space is broken down on the report:

  • 66 beds occupied with non-Covid patients.
  • 13 beds occupied with Covid patients.
  • 16 beds available.

For the latest COVID-19 for Gallatin County visit HealthyGallatin.org.