Everyone is encouraged by Riverstone Health to get the latest Omicron variant booster vaccination.

RiverStone Health received confirmation seven more Yellowstone County residents died of COVID-19 related illness as of October 12, 2022.

This brings the county’s death toll to 587 people since the pandemic began and now the CDC is ranking Yellowstone County at medium risk for transmission rates.

During September, Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare had COVID-19 inpatients every day, fluctuating from as few as 10 patients to as many as 24 and up to six COVID-19 patients a day were in intensive care, according to RiverStone health.

All seven people who died from Covid-19 had underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of death and the CDC is recommending anyone with pre-existing medical concerns to get the latest booster.