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Missoula Health officials announce 1st COVID-19 death

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 17:23:18-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City-County Health Department announced Saturday that a Missoula resident passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

No information has been released on the person's name but, they were middle-aged or older.

This death is the sixth in the state and the first in the county.

MTN News will update as more information has been released.

The entire press released said:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2020 Local Health Officials Announce First COVID-19 Related Death in Missoula County The Missoula City-County Health Department is deeply saddened to announce that a Missoula resident passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection. Our team at the health department sends our deepest condolences to their family, friends, and loved ones at this terrible time. We know this loss will be felt by our whole community, as Missoula is like a big family. We urge people to continue being vigilant and supportive of each other as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect each other, especially those most vulnerable. We cannot release details about the individual other than they were middle-aged or older. We wish to respect the family’s privacy and cannot tell the family how incredibly sorry we are for their loss. This death is the sixth in the state and the first in our county.

Update.

Governor Bullock's response:

“Today we solemnly learned of another death in Montana from COVID-19. My heart goes out to the loved ones of this fellow Montanan. Each loss of life impacts another community and another family – and indeed, all of us through our shared bond as Montanans. We stay at home to slow the spread and save lives, and to protect frontline health care workers in both urban and rural communities.”