Yellowstone County reports third COVID-19 death

Posted at 9:26 AM, May 26, 2020

BILLINGS — Yellowstone County health officials reported Tuesday an elderly woman has died from complications due to COVID-19.

The death of a woman in her 80s is the third COVID-19 related death in Yellowstone County and the 17th death in Montana.

According to a press release, the woman died Monday at a hospital in Yellowstone County. No other information was released.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to this woman’s family and friends,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County Health Officer and President and CEO of RiverStone Health.

“This death serves as a very unfortunate reminder about the seriousness of this pandemic. Our most vulnerable community members – elderly, immunocompromised, and those with chronic conditions – are especially at risk and we must continue to take measures to protect them from this disease.”

Gov. Steve Bullock issued the following statement in regards to the death.

“Today Montana mourns another loss due to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to the family and friends who grieve the passing of their loved one. I ask that Montanans continue to commit ourselves to fighting the spread of this virus and take seriously our responsibility to protect our loved ones and neighbors from this disease.”