Ravalli County COVID-19 Team Urges Patience
Governor Steve Bullock has extended the "Stay At Home" restrictions through April 24th in a 2 p.m. news conference today, April 7. Ravalli County COVID-19 Incident Management Team Commander Dr. Carol Calterwood said in a news release, "We know this is wearing. We know this change in our lifestyle is challenging. However, distancing, stay-at-home, essential travel and 14-day quarantine measures are working. No one can predict how long this will last, be we know these self-sacrificing actions will lessen the effect."
As of noon Tuesday, Ravalli County still had two positive COVID-19 cases and both were acquired by travel out of the county. Meanwhile, statewide, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 319 positive tests and is changing their report schedule to once a day at about 10 a.m., starting tomorrow, April 8. The change will allow the Montana Public Health Lab to prioritize processing and increasing number of tests. The website map will also be changed to allow a "mobile-friendly" version for cell phones. The department said the changes will also allow more case information to be presented. The Ravalli County COVID team will publicly report any new confirmed cases in the county as soon as they are notified. Representatives from the team will be at a 2 p.m. meeting Wednesday, April 8, at the County Commissioners Office in Hamilton for a meeting of the County Board of Health. It will be streamed live. The Ravalli County website has more information about how you can listen or watch online. KLYQ will provide details following the meeting. The video will also be archived for later viewing at the Ravalli County website.