Teton County reports third COVID death

Posted at 11:22 AM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 09:16:04-05

The Teton County Health Department reported the county's third COVID-19 death on Saturday.

The person was a woman in her 80s, according to a press release. She died on November 14 from complications with the virus, after being hospitalized at Benefis Health System in Great Falls for almost five days.

“We are very saddened to announce another death due to COVID-19 in Teton County,” said Melissa Moyer, director of the Teton County Health Department. “We’d like to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this individual. She was an absolutely delightful person, and we know she will be greatly missed. As COVID-19 continues to spread in Teton County, we urge everyone to do all that we can to keep each other safe.”

Teton County reported three new coronavirus cases on Sunday morning, bringing the total number of active cases to 25.

There were 1,660 new cases and 37 new deaths added to the total on the Montana COVID-19 tracking site on Saturday morning; the data below is from the official Montana website on November 14:

  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: There are 435 current hospitalizations, and a cumulative total of 2,042 hospitalizations.
  • DEATHS: The cumulative number of deaths in Montana is 514.
  • ACTIVE CASES: There are 17,900 active COVID-19 cases in Montana.
  • CASES & RECOVERIES: There have been 45,886 cumulative cases, with 27,472 people listed as recovered.
  • TESTING: There were 3,150 completed tests, for a cumulative state-wide total of 569,694.
  • Click here for age, gender, county of all new cases


CONTEXT: Not every person who tests positive actually becomes ill or exhibits symptoms. Many do not; of those who do become sick, some experience mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization. Others, however, do require hospitalization, as noted in the daily update on the number of people hospitalized. However, every person who tests positive for COVID-19 has the potential to spread the virus to other people, including family members and friends, which is why public health officials continue to encourage everyone to wear a mask and maintain at least the recommended six feet of "social distance" when in public. The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released data in late August which emphasizes that people with contributing or chronic medical conditions are at much greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Click here to read more.