Montana tallied 129 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the day ended at 10 a.m. today, pushing the total since the onset of the pandemic to 3,039, with 1,178 of those cases currently active and 56 people now hospitalized, 1,815 recovered and, as of 10 a.m., 46 Montanans dead of the illness.

“The increasing number of deaths over the past few weeks weighs heavily on everyone in our state, including myself and my family," Governor Steve Bullock wrote in a release sent out at 2 p.m. announcing  the loss of four more Montanans. "This is a difficult reminder of the fact that COVID-19 is still with us, and will be for some time. For the sake of our neighbors, we must remain committed to social distancing, masking up, and other public health measures to protect our communities.”

Notification was provided by Lake County Public Health, Glacier County Health Department and RiverStone Health in Yellowstone County. Two of the deaths stem from the outbreak at Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings, Yellowstone County.

In the Idaho Panhandle, 81 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as of noon today, bringing the total count now to 1,427, with 614 people recovered and no longer monitored and 25 currently hospitalized.

Kootenai now has 1,195 confirmed cases and nine probable, pushing the county total to 1,204, 693 of them active and three dead. Bonner County has 108 confirmed and six probable cases, 58 active, Shoshone 36 confirmed with 30 active, Benewah 30 confirmed with four active and Boundary County with 27 cases, 23 of them active. Sixteen of those infected have not had their homes of record confirmed.

Across Idaho, 528 people were confirmed to have COVID-19 today, bringing the state total to 17,264 with 144 dead, nine, as of 5 p.m. Mountain, in the last 24 hours.

Nationwide, the CDC reports 72,219 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases today and 1,113 new deaths. As of 3:35 p.m. Eastern, Johns Hopkins reports 4,103,371 cases confirmed and 145,261 Americans dead.

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Blessings to those who have and continue to lose loved ones to the CCP virus. 46 divided by Montana's 1,068,778 residents leaves us with a fatality rate of 0.0043 percent. Too high? You bet. Reason to collapse the financial system? I think not. Don't fear the CCP virus and fear-mongering more than the "cure" that the progressives want for us.

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