GREAT FALLS — The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) announced on Tuesday afternoon that there have been five new COVID-19 deaths.
The cumulative number of deaths in the county is now 35.
The CCHD said in a news release that the five most recent deaths were a woman in her 70s, and man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s, and a man in his 90s.
“It is terribly sad to know that five more lives have been lost because of this disease. Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of these individuals. Nothing will ever be the same for their families and friends. I urge the rest of our community to be considerate and compassionate, taking the recommended prevention measures, so that we can prevent more suffering," CCHD Health Officer Trisha Gardner said.
The CCHD continues to urge people to take prevention measures seriously and do everything possible can to curb the spread of the virus. Known prevention measures include:
- Staying home when you are sick and getting tested if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
- Isolating if you are positive
- Quarantining if you have had close contact with a positive case
- Limiting interactions with others and thinking critically about the necessity of engaging in certain events/outings/gatherings
- Social distancing wherever possible
- Universal masking and proper mask wearing
- Good sanitation practices and hand washing