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Lewis and Clark County reports first COVID-19 death

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 15:34:06-04

HELENA — Lewis and Clark County reports an individual over the age of 65 has died from coronavirus. It is the first such death in the county.

The county resident passed away Tuesday. No other details on the death have been released.

In a statement, Public Health Officer Drenda Niemann said: "We are greatly saddened by this loss. This is someone’s family, friend, loved one. While we hoped we would never see this day, it has reached us, and it’s really difficult to see our community affected in this way.”

The report comes on the same day that public health officials reported community spread of the virus.

Lewis and Clark County currently has 49 active cases, according to state health officials. The county has had a total of 66 confirmed coronavirus cases.

The death in Lews and Clark County is the state's 36th due to COVID-19.

RELATED: Montana reports 134 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death (Thursday, July 16)