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Lewis and Clark Public Health announces more COVID-19 related deaths

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Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 19:15:55-05

HELENA — Lewis and Clark Public Health announced on Tuesday evening that there have been four additional deaths in Lewis and Clark County, related to COVID-19.

Of the sixteen people who have died of COVID in Lewis and Clark County, six were between the ages of 70 to 79. The youngest victim was in their forties. 50 percent of our COVID-19 deaths occurred in November, and roughly 80 percent in the last two months.

The post on Facebook said:
"Lewis and Clark Public Health is saddened to report four additional COVID-19-related deaths in our community. This brings the number of deaths from COVID-19 to sixteen. Our team sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of each of these individuals.

In the span of 48 hours, five of our fellow community members passed away, separated from their loved ones and more than likely dying alone in a hospital bed surrounded by a group of exhausted medical professionals.

The fact is the most vulnerable in this community are the most at risk from dying from the disease. Of the sixteen people who have died of COVID in this county, six were between the ages of 70 to 79. The youngest victim was in their forties. Fifty percent of our COVID-19 deaths occurred in November, and roughly 80 percent in the last two months. The last two statistics should make everyone take pause and reflect on what those numbers could mean if case numbers continue to rise sharply in this county.

Each person reading this post has the power to prevent further spread. You have the power to save a life, even if they are not someone you know personally. Please realize the choices you make each day can – they can – protect someone who may not survive.

LCPH serves every member of this community. Each life is important to us, no matter their age, race, creed, or belief in the dangers of this virus. We will continue to fight for this community and its residents, but we can’t do it alone. Please wear a mask, physical distance, wash your hands, and stay home."