The Gallatin City-County Health Department reported Thursday morning that a 5th county resident has passed away from complications of COVID-19.  It was a woman in her 90s who passed away at her residence in a long-term care facility. According to a press release, the woman died earlier this month, but the Health Department didn't receive the official death certificate until this week.

“It’s so very sad to lose anyone to this disease and we send our condolences to family and friends,” said Matt Kelley, Gallatin City-County Health Department Health Officer. “We will continue to work to prevent additional illness and deaths and we ask that all Gallatin County citizens continue to take this seriously and take steps to keep our community safe. We need everyone to take measures to help us slow transmission.” Out of respect for the family, no further details will be released.

Of the five people who have died due to COVID-19 in Gallatin County, this is the third person in their 90s. The others were in their 50s and 60s. This latest death adds to Montana's total that is currently at 225 as reported by the Montanan Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Health Officer for Gallatin County Matt Kelley will join the XL Morning Show on Friday morning at 7:40 a.m. Earlier this week, we asked the XL Nation to send us questions that you have for our local health department. Dave & Ally will ask Matt some of those on Friday morning including:

  • Why are we seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases if we're wearing masks?
  • If a person tests positive three times, is that counted as three cases?
  • What is success in regards to COVID-19? If it's not our current 99% recovery rate, then what is the goal we're shooting for?