Wednesday afternoon, Ravalli County Public Health reported 28 new COVID-19 cases with a total of 607 active cases in the Bitterroot Valley.

Through the pandemic, the Public Health nurses and staff have been dealing with a huge workload and constantly changing demands on their time. Public Health Director Tiffany Webber posted a basic overview and a reminder for the public to keep following the COVID-19 health advisories.

Here's her posting:
Ravalli County had its first positive COVID-19 case back in March of this year. For nine months, Ravalli County Public Health has endeavored to bring science-based information on best practices to the public in an effort to promote, prevent and protect the health and safety of our community.

It is a service that public health has taken very seriously. Some of the staff at public health have come out of retirement to serve their community again. Some of us have given up nearly all our personal time outside of the office to continue to provide support long after the office closes. Being a public health servant does not end at 5pm or on the weekend. Being a healthcare worker doesn’t end with shift change or even with retirement. Many of us, on the frontline, have sacrificed for the health and safety of this community. We will continue to do so.

As we push through the COVID fatigue, we are remind that we may be done with COVID, but COVID is not done with us. Please join our community effort to stop the spread of COVID. Now is a critical time for each of us to find some accountability to each other and to our community. Stay home if you’re sick, wash your hands frequently, mind the 6’ distance whenever possible and wear your mask.

We thank Tiffany for that message. And, again, if you need more information on what do do if you have COVID-19 or think you might have been exposed, there are tips at the Ravalli County COVID website.

At this point, almost all of us know someone who has been in quarantine because of possible exposure or actually has had COVID-19. Even with availability of a vaccine in the coming months, the safety rules remain the same - stay home if you're sick, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, and keep your social circle small.

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