First COVID-19 death in Cascade County reported, state death toll rises to 9

Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 14:57:32-04

GREAT FALLS - The City-Health Department in Great Falls announced on Friday that a Cascade County resident has died due to COVID-19.

This is the first COVID-19-related death in Cascade County. The person was a woman over the age of 65, according to the CCHD; no other details will be released, according to the CCHD, including whether she had traveled recently.

There have been a total of 13 confirmed cases in Cascade County to date, and the CCHD said several days ago that eight of those patients have recovered; at least one of the 13 did require hospitalization.

CCHD health officer Trisha Gardner said in a news release, "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the patient's family and loved ones. We want to remind our community about the importance of staying at home, and we urge you 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 the most vulnerable."

As of Friday, there have been a total of422 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montana, an increase of seven since Thursday.

Including the Cascade County case, there have now been nine deaths to date in Montana. There have been four deaths in Toole County, and one each in Lincoln County, Madison County, Missoula County, Flathead County, and Cascade County.