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2 More COVID Deaths Tied To Billings Care Facility Outbreak

The novel coronavirus.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

On Monday, Yellowstone County health officials announced two more deaths have been tied to an outbreak of coronavirus at a Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings. Including the weekend deaths, 12 of the facility’s residents raise the facility’s residents have died from the respiratory virus in the past two weeks.

A woman in her 80s died Saturday, and a man in his 80s died Sunday. Canyon Creek has lost one-fifth of its 59 residents since June 6.

Montana confirmed another 256 cases of COVID-19 in test results announced Saturday, Sunday and Monday, bringing the state total to over 2,600 known cases. More than 1,200 people are known to be currently infected, with 48 of them are hospitalized.

The actual number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

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