Ravalli County now has 21 active COVID-19 cases, according to Karyn Johnston of Public Health. She said three of those infected people are hospitalized. The rest are isolated at home and their close contacts have been notified. In fact, over 200 people are now quarantined in such instances in Ravalli County. Johnston also expressed concern about a number of COVID-19 positive tests that don't have an identified source of an infected person or by travel. That means the virus has entered the "community spread" category, making it even more important to be vigilant on your social distancing, facemask protection and handwashing routines.

Johnston said that if you're trying to decide whether or not to go to a picnic, family cookout or fireworks show, follow Centers for Disease Control recommendations. They include:

  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Practice preventative actions such as handwashing and avoiding people who are sick.
  • Wear cloth face coverings whenever you are less than 6 feet apart from other people. (Children under the age of 2 should NOT wear cloth face coverings.)
  • The more people you visit at a gathering and the longer you are at the gathering increases the potential risk of being infected.
  • Before you go to an event, find out what measures are being taken to protect the public.
  • Ravalli County Public Health also encourages you to be physically active, such as hiking on a trail or simply getting outside in some fresh air. Have a nice weekend, but stay safe! Local answers to COVID-19 questions at the Ravalli County website or 374-6672.