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Yellowstone County reports 1st COVID-19 death

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 20:45:29-04

Yellowstone County reported its first COVID-19 death Friday, according to the county's Unified Health Command.

The victim was a man in his 50s who died Friday in a Yellowstone County hospital, RiverStone Health spokeswoman Barbara Schneeman told Q2 Friday afternoon.

This bring the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Montana to 10. Cascade County also reported its first death Friday.

“This is a tragic loss of life from a truly horrible disease to which none of us have any immunity,” said John Felton, Yellowstone County Health Officer and President/CEO of RiverStone Health in a statement. “On behalf of all of us in the community, I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Yellowstone County had 67 COVID-19 cases as of Friday morning, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracker.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.