Missoula County reports first 'young adult' death from COVID-19

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Missoula County saw its first COVID death of a young adult in the 20-39 age range, according to a health department news release Friday afternoon.

Missoula County reported 114 new cases on Friday and has 852 active cases.

There are 40 hospitalizations due to COVID in the county — 28 of which are Missoula County residents. The county has reported 112 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.

“We know that the delta variant is a game-changer. Our hearts go out to the family of this individual, and to everyone who has lost someone they love due to COVID,” Missoula County Health Officer D’Shane Barnett said in a statement.

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“We know we have a long way to go in fighting this virus, but the health department will continue to do everything we can to provide our community with the knowledge and resources to get us through this.”

The release said that for privacy reasons the health department would not release the individual’s vaccination or health status. 

County health officials are continuing to urge residents to mask in public spaces, maintain social distance and use hygienic measures such as

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