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Sixth COVID-19 related death reported in Toole County

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 12:21:23-04

Officials in Shelby announced on Wednesday that there has been a sixth COVID-19 death in Toole County.

The Toole County Public Health Department says the patient was a man in his 70s.

The agency said in a news release: "Our deepest condolences go out to all the families affected by this virus. At this time, there are six active cases in Toole County, all of which consist of close contact transmission within local congregate settings. All close contacts with these cases have been placed on quarantine and are only released from quarantine when they meet the CDC recommended protocols for ending quarantine. However, as many of you know, it is possible for carriers of the virus to be asymptomatic, and therefore spread the virus unknowingly. Due to this, please continue to follow the Governor’s directives for shelter in place. As a county and a state, we are getting closer every day to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Please remain patient and vigilant so we can overcome this together."

To date, there have been 29 confirmed cases in Toole County, and 17 patients are listed as recovered. There is currently one patient hospitalized due to COVID-19.

A second COVID-19 related death in Flathead County was also reported Wednesday morning.