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A Gallatin County resident in his 50s has died of a combination of COVID-19 and other health conditions, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department. The man is the second person in the county to die from the virus.

The man, who also had “a number of significant underlying health conditions,” was found unresponsive in his home on July 7, according to a news release sent Tuesday. The man’s name was not released.

The state medical examiner Monday informed the health department of how the man died. It’s unclear if the man had been diagnosed with COVID-19 prior to his death.

“We send our deepest condolences to this man’s family and friends,” said Gallatin City-County Health Department Officer Matt Kelley. “The virus remains dangerous and is still in our community. We must stay vigilant to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our most vulnerable neighbors.”

The department declined to release additional details.

The man was the second person in Gallatin County to die from COVID-19. Bill O’Connor, a longtime elementary school teaching in Livingston, died in late April of COVID-19.

Gallatin County had 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, with 66 active cases and five hospitalizations. A Tuesday release from the health department said that the cases are related to community transmission, travel and contact tracing from other confirmed positive cases. Cumulatively, 804 Gallatin County residents have had the virus.

Statewide, Montana had 94 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a cumulative total of 3,475. Of those, 1,320 are active cases, and 62 people are being treated in a hospital for COVID-19.

Fifty-two Montanans have died of COVID-19, including the most recent death in Gallatin County. An outbreak at Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings was the cause of 15 of those deaths, all occurring since July 6.

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a statement Tuesday on the recent deaths, imploring Montanans to wear masks, socially distance and stay home if they feel sick.

“While our seniors and immunocompromised individuals remain the most vulnerable, even otherwise healthy Montanans experience life-altering — and sometimes deadly — outcomes when they face this virus,” Bullock said.

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Melissa Loveridge can be reached at or at (406) 582-2651.