GREAT FALLS — The City-County Health Department in Great Falls announced on Friday afternoon that there have been nine deaths due to COVID-19 in Cascade County since December 4th, bringing the total number of deaths to 91 in the county.
The individuals were a man in his 50s; two women in their 70s; four men in their 70s; a woman in her 80s; and a man in his 80s.
The counties with the most deaths to date are:
- Big Horn: 54
- Blaine: 21
- Cascade: 91
- Flathead: 44
- Gallatin: 30
- Glacier: 30
- Hill: 33
- Lewis & Clark: 24
- Missoula: 45
- Roosevelt: 47
- Rosebud: 26
- Silver Bow: 37
- Yellowstone: 129
The CCHD said in a news release: "We are deeply sorry for the families and friends of these individuals, and hope that Cascade County residents can join together to lend them compassion and support, particularly during this holiday season."
SOURCES: The numbers reported above reflect the latest data from the official Montana COVID website as well as supplemental data from county health departments. The disparity between numbers provided by the MT Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) and numbers from county health departments continues to grow as COVID cases escalate in Montana. MTN News uses both state and county data to provide more accurate and timely information. As a result, numbers reported by MTN will not align with the DPHHS figures.
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