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4th COVID-related death reported in Cascade County

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:08:01-04

GREAT FALLS — The City-County Health Department in Great Falls on Friday announced the fourth COVID-19-related death in Cascade County. In a news release, the agency said it was a man over the age of 65 with "underlying health conditions."

The CCHD says that this death is not related to the recent outbreak in a Cascade County long-term care facility. Out of respect for the family, the CCHD said that no additional information will be released.

Trisha Gardner, the Health Officer for Cascade County, said, “My heart goes out to the family and friends who are grieving this man’s death. To honor the people whose deaths have been caused by COVID-19, I ask our community to continue to fight the spread of this virus. It’s still here with us, and we can protect our own parents and grandparents and neighbors by taking prevention seriously.”

On Thursday, the CCHD announced the third death in the county related to COVID-19, and said that the third death was a man over the age of 65 who also had underlying health conditions."

That death was related to the recent outbreak in a long-term care facility in the county. The first COVID-related death in Cascade County was a woman over the age of 65 on April 17th; the second was a man over the age of 65 on April 20th.

Health officials on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation on Thursday confirmed the deaths of two men due to "contributing factors related to COVID-19."

In a news release, the Rocky Boy Health Center in Box Elder said that one man was in his 50s and one man was in his 60s, adding that both men had "underlying health conditions." These are the first deaths reported on the reservation.

No other details have been released.