Ravalli County COVID-19 Team – Distancing Is Working
Dr. Carol Calderwood, head of the Ravalli County COVID-19 Incident Management Team reports that the one Bitterroot Valley person with coronavirus is recovering well, but her family is still in quarantine. So far, 120 tests have been completed in Ravalli County from medical offices. As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, Montana had 217 positive cases, with 5,088 tests conducted thus far. There are 5 deaths and 19 patients hospitalized. Among the reports - Gallatin County has 79, Billings 32, Missoula 15, Kalispell 17, Helena 13, Lincoln County 6, Lake County 3 and Ravalli County 1.
Calderwood reminded those coming into Ravalli County from out of the state or out of the country to self-quarantine for 14 days and to contact the Ravalli County emergency operation center at (406) 375-6650 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Concerning the Montana "Stay At Home" directive, Calderwood said, "We have had overwhelming public compliance. Of all the rumors surrounding COVID-19, we know for a Fact - distancing works. Fact - if distancing is stopped, disregarded or lessened, the cases of COVID-19 increases ... This is no time to let up your social awareness. There are 33 states that have issued a "stay at home/shelter in place/essential travel only" directive. It is highly likely there will be more cases of COVID-19 in our county. We can lessen the impact by distancing. We can only do this together."