Yellowstone County reports 69th COVID-related death

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Posted at 7:04 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 21:17:42-04

Yellowstone County reported its 69th COVID-19-related death Sunday.

The man in his 70s died Friday in a Billings hospital, according to RiverStone Health, the county's public health department.

“I extend heartfelt condolences to the deceased’s family and loved ones,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County Health Officer, President and CEO of RiverStone Health, in a news release.

“Tragically, the COVID-19 death toll continues to mount in Yellowstone County," Felton added. "To date, of the total lives lost to this disease in Montana, Yellowstone County residents have accounted for nearly 37 percent of the 187 people who have died. As we begin the month of October, let’s all resolve to protect each other from this virus by wearing our masks, washing our hands, staying 6 feet away from each other and staying home when we aren’t feeling well. If we all do these things consistently, we can prevent more illness and death due to COVID-19."

Yellowstone County reported 46 new cases Sunday, for a cumulative total of 3,611 and 1,130 active cases.