Lewis and Clark County passes 10K mark for COVID-19 cases

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An emergency room physician treats a patient in the hallway of the St. Peter’s Health emergency room on Sept. 2 because there were no available rooms to place the patient.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Phil Drake

Lewis and Clark County passed a grim milestone Wednesday as its public health department reported 70 new reports of COVID-19, pushing the county over the 10,000 mark for a total of 10,065 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness to date. 

Of those, 883 cases remain active with 9,076 recoveries. There were 106 deaths related to the coronavirus in the county as of Wednesday. St. Peter’s Health said that as of Wednesday, 34 people were now hospitalized with COVID-19. 

“It’s a very sad milestone for our community to pass 10,000 individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Drenda Niemann, LCPH health officer, said in an email. “As of today, 106 individuals have lost their lives in our county and countless people are dealing with the long-term effects of the virus. We’re nowhere near out

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