Another two positive COVID-19 tests have brought the active cases in Ravalli County to 15, according to Public Health information officer Joseph Hopkins. The two new cases are a woman in her 40s with exposure to an identified infected person and a woman in her 70s, who was infected by community spread. Of the 15 people with COVID-19, one is hospitalized. The others are in isolation and their close contacts are in quarantine.

Local health officials have another reason to wear masks in public. The masks will also reduce the risk of catching the seasonal flu. Common cold and influenza are spread by respiratory droplets when someone sneezes, coughs or is simply speaking. So, the restrictions offered for COVID-19 are the same for flu season - wear a mask, wash your hands often and maintain social distancing.

By the way, statewide, Montana set a new record with 333 positive tests reported Thursday, September 24. If you need more information, call Ravalli County Public Health at 375-6672.