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With COVID-19 cases on decline, Yellowstone Co. health officer rescinds health orders

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 14:29:19-05

BILLINGS — Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton announced Thursday that he has rescinded the county health orders as COVID-19 cases decline in the county.

Felton said the county will remain under the statewide health orders implemented by former Gov. Steve Bullock until new orders are issued by Gov. Greg Gianforte, who took office on Monday.

While the county health orders have been lifted, Felton said the county will not be able to comply with the recent changes in vaccine priority announced by Gov. Gianforte.

Earlier this week, Gov. Gianforte announced all state residents between the ages of 16 and 69 with underlying health conditions, and those over 70 can be vaccinated.

Felton said at a press conference Thursday morning that there are not enough vaccines in Yellowstone County to shift to the governor's plan.

The number of coronavirus cases in Yellowstone County have dropped by a third of what it was at the peak, Felton said.

Watch the full press conference in the video above.