Thursday Numbers

Quote for today…

I hate spelling errors. You mix up two letters and your whole post is urined. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you are a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and humor.

This week’s topics include the California recall election, Obamacare, deaths from coronavirus, fully immunized Montanans, COVID in Great Falls Public Schools & Cascade County, unemployment claims, TWW poll results, Thursday Night Football, another grim milestone, and much more!


The now-unsuccessful Gavin Newsom recall election is expected to cost the state of California and its taxpayers a pretty penny, likely to the tune of more than $300 million. (

That money could have helped the homeless and fed many families.


Nearly three million Americans have signed up for health insurance on the U.S. government website during a special enrollment period that began on Feb. 15, President Joe Biden said in a statement on Wednesday.
Biden, a Democrat, re-opened the online health insurance marketplace to give more Americans a chance to take advantage of benefits provided under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. (Reuters)

This is great news!


That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been 41,539,105 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)

Last week the death total was 652,699.


That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. That is just 51% of the eligible population. (Source)

Last week the number of fully immunized Montanans was 469,194.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s estimated population in July 2019 was 1,068,778.

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You by clicking HERE.


In the week ending September 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 332,000, an increase of 20,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 310,000 to 312,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,750, a decrease of 4,250 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week’s average was revised up by 500 from 339,500 to 340,000. (DOL)

Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.


That is how many positive COVID cases were reported in the Great Falls Public Schools for the week of September 6-10, 2021. (Source)

Last week the positive COVID cases were 80.

Mask up, Montana!


This week’s poll question asked, “Do you agree with the President’s newest plan to combat COVID-19?”

Here are the results:

YES: 73.68%
NO: 15.79%
SOME OF IT: 10.53%

Thanks for participating.


That is the percentage of voters who voted “No” to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom. (NY Times)

What a waste of time and money.


The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday only 47% of eligible individuals in the county are vaccinated. (Source)

The freedom to not get vaccinated or wear a mask is killing us…


Don’t forget – week #2 of the NFL season kicks off tonight (Thursday) with the NY Giants at the Washington Football Team. It’s on the NFL Network. (


The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have died of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Census Bureau, the US population as of April 2020 was 331.4 million. (CNN)