A 10th Jefferson County resident has died of COVID, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

The Jefferson County Health Department announced the death in a Facebook post on Friday. 

"With great sadness, Jefferson County Health Department announces the passing of another soul," the post stated. "We express our deepest condolences to family and friends during this time of grief. This marks Jefferson Country’s tenth death due to complications related to COVID-19."

The department did not release any further information about the death, such as the person's age, gender or vaccination status. 

Molly Carey, the department's clinic coordinator, told The Monitor after the county's ninth COVID death that "we don’t release any information other than Jefferson County had a COVID-19 related death. This is out of respect to the individual’s loved ones."

The department announced the county's ninth COVID death on Aug. 27. At that time, the county reported 17 active cases and one hospitalization, and an increase of 11 new cases in the preceding three days. 

This Thursday, the department reported 76 active cases, four hospitalizations and 51 new cases since three days prior. The department had tallied nine deaths by Thursday, reflecting the most recent death in August but not Friday's death.

The county saw its first COVID death on Nov. 30, 2020.  

Jefferson County, Montana and the United States have experienced a surge in coronavirus infections and COVID deaths beginning mid-summer and continuing through the early fall, driven primarily by infections and deaths among the unvaccinated. The surge in cases and deaths has lopsidedly affected areas with lower vaccination rates, including many rural areas of the nation. 

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