Flathead County resident dies of coronavirus

| April 13, 2020 7:44 AM

The Flathead City-County Health Department on Monday confirmed the first death of a Flathead County resident related to COVID-19 in Flathead County.

The person was over the age of 65 and had underlying health conditions.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” said Hillary Hanson, Flathead City-County Health Department Health Officer. “We want to remind our community about the importance of staying at home. We must work together to protect our most vulnerable neighbors.”

There were 34 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Flathead county, as of Monday morning, with nine recoveries, according to the health department.

Montana had 387 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and seven recorded deaths.

“I am saddened to hear of another death due to COVID-19 in Montana and am thinking of the family and friends who are grieving the loss of this fellow Montanan,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a release. “We must stay vigilant in our efforts to stay home and take all precautions to protect our family, friends, and Montana’s most vulnerable during this difficult time.”

Statewide there are 169 individuals who have recovered from the virus and almost 9,000 people have been tested for it. Total hospitalizations related to the virus were 47, according to the state.