Ravalli County Public Health added 68 new Positive COVID-19 tests on Saturday and 40 new infections on Sunday as the surge continues in the Bitterroot Valley. Public Health Director Tiffany Webber said that there are 725 active cases that are being investigated in the county. This caseload is requiring seven-days-a-week work by the small public health staff to contact families who have positive results to determine their isolation and quarantine lengths.

And, more have died from complications of the coronavirus. Three people have died - all males, one in his 50s, one in his 70s and one in his 90s. In the Monday report, Tiffany Webber wrote of families' emotional health at the loss of a loved one, "Our heartfelt condolences go out their families. These are unprecedented times and a loss of a family member or community member, regardless of age, brings a painful impact to bear on all that knew them."

Again, Public Health asked that you follow all these precautions:

  • Wear a mask when in public.
  • Maintain the 6-foot distance.
  • Keep your personal circle small.
  • Frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible.
  • The State of Montana Friday lowered limits for public gatherings and events. Where it is not possible to practice social distancing, the gathering must be strictly limited to no more than 25 people. Montanans are strongly urged to limit in-person gatherings of 15 or more people - including private gatherings inside a home. This does not apply to schools and does not alter the existing requirements for houses of worship, though some religious leaders are urging virtual gatherings.

    Face coverings are required for all indoor public spaces. Face masks are also required at all outdoor gatherings of 25 or more people where 6-foot distancing is not possible. Get more information at the Ravalli County COVID-19 webpage

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