UPDATE 10:21 p.m: According to the Lake County Public Health Office Thursday evening, the County has had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The individual has been self-quarantined.
Governor Steve Bullock Thursday evening announced the first death in Montana of a COVID-19 patient.
“I’m heartbroken to learn of Montana’s first death due to COVID-19. Especially during these times, Montana truly is one big small town – this news hits us hard, but we’re in this together. My family and I send our love and support to the family, friends, and community of our fellow Montanan.”
Local county public health officials are still in the process of contacting family members.
No additional information will be provided at this time.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement, saying “Sharla and I are deeply saddened to learn a Montanan has died from COVID-19, and will be keeping their family in our thoughts during this very difficult time. Communities across our state have been shaken by this disease, but the way Montanans have responded by leaping into action to help patients, neighbors, friends and strangers is a powerful sign that we’re going to get through it.”