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4 new COVID-19 related deaths reported in Cascade County

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 13:05:30-05

GREAT FALLS — The City-County Health Department in Great Falls announced on Monday evening four new COVID-19 deaths in Cascade County since November 13th. There have now been 52 deaths in Cascade County.

The four people were a woman in her 70s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, and a man in his 80s.

The CCHD on Monday evening also reported 66 new cases, as well as 54 from Sunday, for a total of 3,632 cases in Cascade County. The CCHD also noted in a news release that as of Nov. 16, the number of active COVID cases in Cascade County rose and the number of recovered cases declined significantly on the state map.

This change in numbers comes after the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPPHS) performed an operational change over the weekend to their state database, allowing them to pull the data directly from the reporting system. The CCHD was behind on data entry into the reporting system and is working on catching up.

Last week, the CCHD hired and trained additional contact tracers, continued 7-day a week case investigation and contact tracing, and continued entering numbers into the state database.

The numbers of recovered cases in Cascade County will continue to rise in the days to come as all the data is entered into the reporting system.