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MT sees record daily jump in COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths reported



HELENA — Montana state health officials reported 96 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new single day record, according to the Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map.

An additional three deaths are being reported as well. The new deaths are related to a nursing care facility in Billings.

Yellowstone County health officials reported three new deaths, although one of the cases will not be reflected on the Thursday state update.

Gov. Steve Bullock today issued the following statement regarding three deaths.

“Today’s news of three losses is a heartbreaking reminder of the threat this virus presents to vulnerable Montanans. The Montana way has always been about taking care of our neighbors – and we must strive to continue keeping the health of our neighbors in mind. I extend my sympathy to all of the loved ones impacted by these deaths, and I know that everyone in our state will be keeping them in our thoughts.”

The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map shows the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Treasure State is now at 1,466.

Thursday’s data shows the total number of cases in the state now stands at 1,484.

The state tracking map is reporting 1,466 cases due in part to differences in reporting by county health departments which often receive information on confirmed COVID-19 cases before state officials.

Lake County is reporting an additional 14 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning. New cases have also been reported in Lincoln, Missoula and Ravalli counties.

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