Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Montana

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The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Jan. 12 reached 842,461 COVID-19-related deaths and 62.3 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 62.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 36.7% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in Montana using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100,000 residents as of Jan. 11, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

#50. Missoula County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 161 (193 total deaths)
— 41.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,678 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.8 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,122 (19,282 total cases)
— 15.9% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 808 (966 new cases, +116% change from previous week)

#49. Granite County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 178 (6 total deaths)
— 34.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,589 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,785 (432 total cases)
— 33.3% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 651 (22 new cases, +2,100% change from previous week)

#48. Jefferson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (22 total deaths)
— 34.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,572 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.2 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,333 (1,996 total cases)
— 14.8% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 286 (35 new cases, +106% change from previous week)

#47. Park County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 193 (32 total deaths)
— 29.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,478 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,753 (2,948 total cases)
— 7.3% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 464 (77 new cases, +28% change from previous week)

#46. Petroleum County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 205 (1 total deaths)
— 24.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,399 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 5,749 (28 total cases)
— 70.0% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 205 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#45. Sweet Grass County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 214 (8 total deaths)
— 21.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,336 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,725 (625 total cases)
— 12.7% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 321 (12 new cases, +20% change from previous week)

#44. Carbon County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 214 (23 total deaths)
— 21.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,334 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,469 (1,659 total cases)
— 19.3% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 401 (43 new cases, +139% change from previous week)

#43. Flathead County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 217 (225 total deaths)
— 20.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,309 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,196 (22,003 total cases)
— 10.6% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 447 (464 new cases, +112% change from previous week)

#42. Lewis and Clark County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 223 (155 total deaths)
— 18.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,255 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.4 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,037 (13,218 total cases)
— 0.6% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 655 (455 new cases, +188% change from previous week)

#41. Madison County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 233 (20 total deaths)
— 14.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,181 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,302 (1,488 total cases)
— 9.7% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 512 (44 new cases, +175% change from previous week)

#40. Garfield County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 238 (3 total deaths)
— 12.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,149 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,911 (175 total cases)
— 27.4% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 318 (4 new cases, -56% change from previous week)

#39. Beaverhead County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 243 (23 total deaths)
— 11.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #2,106 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,476 (1,652 total cases)
— 8.8% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 391 (37 new cases, +164% change from previous week)

#38. Broadwater County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (17 total deaths)
— 0.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,834 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,578 (1,034 total cases)
— 13.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 273 (17 new cases, +240% change from previous week)

#37. Richland County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 278 (30 total deaths)
— 1.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,787 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,772 (2,136 total cases)
— 3.2% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 657 (71 new cases, +103% change from previous week)

#36. Prairie County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 279 (3 total deaths)
— 2.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,778 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 92.9 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,034 (205 total cases)
— 0.7% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 836 (9 new cases, +800% change from previous week)

#35. Lake County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 282 (86 total deaths)
— 3.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,744 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,190 (4,931 total cases)
— 15.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 299 (91 new cases, +117% change from previous week)

#34. Ravalli County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 294 (129 total deaths)
— 7.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,620 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,982 (5,687 total cases)
— 32.2% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 354 (155 new cases, +192% change from previous week)

#33. Yellowstone County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 294 (475 total deaths)
— 7.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,619 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (2 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,464 (33,008 total cases)
— 6.8% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 472 (761 new cases, +137% change from previous week)

#32. Stillwater County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 301 (29 total deaths)
— 10.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,554 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,995 (1,253 total cases)
— 32.2% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 52 (5 new cases, +67% change from previous week)

#31. Sheridan County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 302 (10 total deaths)
— 10.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,547 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,135 (567 total cases)
— 10.6% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 121 (4 new cases, +300% change from previous week)

#30. Deer Lodge County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 306 (28 total deaths)
— 12.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,504 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,059 (1,742 total cases)
— 0.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 427 (39 new cases, +86% change from previous week)

#29. Teton County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 309 (19 total deaths)
— 13.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,926 (979 total cases)
— 16.9% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 521 (32 new cases, +113% change from previous week)

#28. Mineral County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 318 (14 total deaths)
— 16.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,402 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,717 (779 total cases)
— 7.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 341 (15 new cases, +200% change from previous week)

#27. Sanders County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 330 (40 total deaths)
— 20.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,296 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,977 (1,693 total cases)
— 27.1% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 421 (51 new cases, +122% change from previous week)

#26. Silver Bow County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 338 (118 total deaths)
— 23.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,230 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,811 (6,568 total cases)
— 1.8% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 487 (170 new cases, +227% change from previous week)

#25. Cascade County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 348 (283 total deaths)
— 27.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,145 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,548 (17,533 total cases)
— 12.5% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 408 (332 new cases, +159% change from previous week)

#24. Fallon County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 351 (10 total deaths)
— 28.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,128 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,063 (571 total cases)
— 4.7% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 316 (9 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#23. Custer County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 360 (41 total deaths)
— 31.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #1,060 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,645 (2,468 total cases)
— 13.0% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 246 (28 new cases, +75% change from previous week)

#22. Lincoln County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 370 (74 total deaths)
— 35.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #980 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.0 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,884 (3,773 total cases)
— 1.4% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 521 (104 new cases, +167% change from previous week)

#21. Powell County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 377 (26 total deaths)
— 38.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #940 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,669 (1,493 total cases)
— 13.1% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 247 (17 new cases, +55% change from previous week)

#20. Carter County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 399 (5 total deaths)
— 46.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #789 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,332 (217 total cases)
— 9.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 0 (0 new cases, -100% change from previous week)

#19. Blaine County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 419 (28 total deaths)
— 53.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #639 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,913 (1,464 total cases)
— 14.4% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 254 (17 new cases, +325% change from previous week)

#18. Hill County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 431 (71 total deaths)
— 57.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #562 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,105 (3,479 total cases)
— 10.1% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 237 (39 new cases, +290% change from previous week)

#17. Valley County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 433 (32 total deaths)
— 58.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #554 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,402 (1,435 total cases)
— 1.3% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 433 (32 new cases, +433% change from previous week)

#16. Toole County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 443 (21 total deaths)
— 62.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #503 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,812 (1,033 total cases)
— 13.8% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 274 (13 new cases, +8% change from previous week)

#15. Glacier County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 458 (63 total deaths)
— 67.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #430 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,738 (2,577 total cases)
— 2.2% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 422 (58 new cases, +222% change from previous week)

#14. Fergus County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 471 (52 total deaths)
— 72.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #387 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.0 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,765 (1,963 total cases)
— 7.3% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 507 (56 new cases, +211% change from previous week)

#13. McCone County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 481 (8 total deaths)
— 76.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #342 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,291 (321 total cases)
— 0.7% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 240 (4 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#12. Meagher County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 483 (9 total deaths)
— 76.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #334 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,789 (294 total cases)
— 17.6% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 591 (11 new cases, +175% change from previous week)

#11. Daniels County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 533 (9 total deaths)
— 95.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #196 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,580 (314 total cases)
— 3.0% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 59 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#10. Musselshell County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 561 (26 total deaths)
— 105.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #154 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,965 (786 total cases)
— 11.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 410 (19 new cases, +1,800% change from previous week)

#9. Powder River County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 595 (10 total deaths)
— 117.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #115 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,182 (289 total cases)
— 10.3% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 119 (2 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#8. Dawson County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 604 (52 total deaths)
— 121.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #105 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,257 (1,917 total cases)
— 16.2% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 325 (28 new cases, +22% change from previous week)

#7. Golden Valley County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 609 (5 total deaths)
— 123.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #101 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,982 (123 total cases)
— 21.8% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 122 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#6. Wheatland County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 611 (13 total deaths)
— 123.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #99 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,123 (279 total cases)
— 31.5% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 94 (2 new cases, 0% change from previous week)

#5. Roosevelt County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 636 (70 total deaths)
— 133.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #79 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,510 (2,367 total cases)
— 12.3% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 73 (8 new cases, +60% change from previous week)

#4. Big Horn County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 646 (86 total deaths)
— 136.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #72 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 15.0 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,151 (3,483 total cases)
— 36.5% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 165 (22 new cases, +267% change from previous week)

#3. Rosebud County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 649 (58 total deaths)
— 137.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #67 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,096 (1,796 total cases)
— 4.9% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 168 (15 new cases, +275% change from previous week)

#2. Phillips County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 683 (27 total deaths)
— 150.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #49 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,610 (894 total cases)
— 18.0% more cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 329 (13 new cases, +550% change from previous week)

#1. Wibaux County

– Cumulative deaths per 100k: 826 (8 total deaths)
— 202.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Montana
— #10 highest rate among all counties nationwide
– New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
– Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,473 (179 total cases)
— 3.6% less cases per 100k residents than Montana
– New cases per 100k in the past week: 0 (0 new cases, -100% change from previous week)

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