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Montana adds 109 new COVID-19 cases; 2 more die of virus
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Montana adds 109 new COVID-19 cases; 2 more die of virus

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The state reported an additional 109 cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, with just over half of those cases coming from Yellowstone and Lake counties.

The state's data dashboard also reported two more deaths, for a total of 34. The dashboard reported those deaths from Yellowstone County.

Yellowstone County reported 32 new cases Tuesday. More than 50 residents and more than 30 employees at a memory care facility there have tested positive for the virus, and by Monday eight residents of the facility had died from the virus.

Lake County reported adding 27 new cases. Gallatin County, which delayed a meeting of its Board of Health to vote on a rule to require the use of face coverings in most indoor settings, added 13 new cases, according to the state.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that the meeting was delayed because more than 100 attendees refused to watch the proceedings from another room to stay below the cap on allowed gatherings. It will now be held in a virtual-only capacity on Friday at 7 a.m.

Flathead County added nine cases; Lewis and Clark added eight; and Lincoln County, where public health officials are investigating a cluster of cases, reported adding seven cases.

Park and Sanders counties each reported three cases; that marks the first cases from Sanders.

Big Horn and Jefferson counties each added two cases. And Missoula, Ravalli and Wibaux counties each added a single case. This was also the first case for Wibaux.

The state now has 1,034 active cases, out of a total of 1,952 cumulative cases. There are 29 people hospitalized.

This story will be updated.

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