Delta variant of COVID-19 identified in Indian community of Fort Belknap


The delta variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the Indian community of Fort Belknap. Fort Belknap Tribes reported Tuesday that there were six active cases of COVID-19 on the reservation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the delta variant, which is easily transmitted, (B.1.617.2) as a “variant of concern”.

The Fort Belknap Indian Community Council and health service providers are encouraging community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask and practice social distancing.

COVID-19[FEMININE:L’effort de vaccination des tribus s’avère être un grand succès en mettant l’accent sur les aînés et la communauté

“Nous ne sommes pas encore tirés d’affaire”, ont déclaré les tribus dans un communiqué. “Nous n’avions aucune défense contre la variole, mais nous pouvons nous aider nous-mêmes et notre peuple en nous faisant vacciner. Presque tous nos aînés sont vaccinés maintenant. Et vous ?”

Mardi, la communauté indienne de Fort Belknap comptait 511 cas de COVID-19 au total, 493 guérisons et 12 décès au total dus au virus.

Montana added 102 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The state has 602 active cases, 112,706 recoveries and 1,694 deaths from the virus. There are 58 active hospitalizations out of 5,620 total hospitalizations.

Cascade County added 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The county has 63 active cases, 9,372 recoveries and 188 deaths from the virus. County health officials said most new cases are typically listed as people between the ages of 20 and 40, who also have lower vaccination rates. About 43% of eligible Cascade County residents have been fully vaccinated and 48% of eligible Montana residents have been fully vaccinated.

The Blackfeet Nation reported one active case of COVID-19 on Monday. The tribe has reported 48 total deaths from the virus and 1,362 recoveries. Over 85% of the tribe’s eligible population has been vaccinated.

COVID-19 by department:

  • Flathead County: 24 new, 183 active
  • Missoula County: 15 new, 58 active
  • Yellowstone County: 14 new, 80 active
  • Cascade County: 11 new, 63 active
  • Gallatin County: 7 new, 46 active
  • Lewis and Clark County: 4 new, 19 active

Nora Mabie covers Indigenous communities for the Great Falls Tribune. She can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Facebook @NoraMabieJournalist or on Twitter @NoraMabie.

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