Two more deaths from COVID in Butte | Local

In addition to the 162 cases added from October 2 to 8, nine new cases were added over the past weekend and 27 more cases were added on Monday.

The median age for the last epi-week was 35 years.

Of the 142 active cases reported Tuesday morning, 37 cases – or 26% – were 17 years of age or younger, and 23 of those people could not be vaccinated because they were under 12 years old.

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Among the 13 cases added Tuesday morning, one individual was not yet 1 year old.

“Obviously, the Delta variant of the virus causing COVID-19 in the community is significantly hitting our young population,” Sullivan said.

The United States Food and Drug Administration will hold an advisory committee meeting on Tuesday, October 26 to discuss COVID vaccines for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA is also holding advisory committee meetings this week to discuss emergency use authorization for Moderna and J&J booster doses. The Moderna booster will be discussed on Thursday, October 14, while the J&J booster will be discussed on Friday, October 15. [See related story on page A9.]

Sixty-five percent of eligible residents of Butte-Silver Bow are vaccinated, placing the county at No. 2 in the state for vaccination rate, behind Missoula County, which is at 66%.

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