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Montana COVID-19 cases rise to 121

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 10:56:59-04

COVID-19 cases in Montana rose to 121 over the day, according to the state's database Friday night.

That's a total of 31 new cases over the day, an increase of about 33 percent. The number of COVID-19 cases has roughly quintupled over the past week.

Yellowstone County reported four new cases Friday for a total of 23. Public-health officials say the increase is partially due to increased testing, but they're also assuming community spread.

Seven people have been hospitalized statewide, and one person in Lincoln County has died.

The state conducted 290 new tests Friday and has conducted 3,178 since the outbreak began.