The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious public health risk. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness. Most severe illness occurs in older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions.
(updated weekly on Tuesday afternoons)
Green: Operating as expected/normal capacity • Yellow: Needs beginning to outpace capacity • Red: Stressed operations/critical concerns
Health Department Capacity
Sufficient capacity (staff and other resources) for case investigation, contact tracing, vaccination clinics, testing and other measures
Healthcare System Capacity
Sufficient capacity (staff, beds, equipment and other resources) to safely treat patients with COVID-19 as well as all other patients
Monitoring Emergency Department visits for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms
Active COVID-19 cases in our regional service area (surrounding Montana counties, northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas)
Weekly Average of Daily COVID-19 Cases
Daily new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people (7-day average, calculated Sunday through Saturday)
UHC Weekly Average Positive COVID-19 Test Rate
Percentage of positive COVID-19 tests only conducted by Unified Health Command medical members (Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare and RiverStone Health)
Weekly Average Positive COVID-19 Test Rate
As of 4/20/2022, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is no longer providing Yellowstone County COVID-19 positivity rate data.
Along with the information provided on the Yellowstone County COVID-19 Dashboard, RiverStone Health releases surveillance data reports each Tuesday.
All Yellowstone County data on the attached graphs is collected from Sunday through Saturday. Each week is numbered following the numbering system used in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report includes epidemiology data useful for understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Yellowstone County.
In addition to the Yellowstone County COVID-19 Dashboard, there are metrics or indicators that assist Yellowstone County public health officials and education leaders make recommendations about in-person school instruction. There are four indicators:
• capacity of healthcare and public health systems:
• weekly average daily COVID-19 cases;
• weekly average positive COVID-19 test rate; and
• weekly case mix and clusters of cases in schools.
All but the last indicator is depicted on the Dashboard. Find more information about the indicators and risk reduction strategies here.
After April 30, 2022, Yellowstone County vaccination data are available through the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
A report is available every other Tuesday on the DPHHS website at dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographics.