Ravalli County Has First Death from COVID-19
A woman in her 90s has died of "acute respiratory failure from COVID-19" becoming the first death due to the virus in Ravalli County, according to the Public Health Department. Information Officer Joseph Hopkins also reported three new positive tests for COVID-19, who are all family members of earlier infected people. He said that as of Friday afternoon, July 10, there were 16 active cases with two people hospitalized. He again said the figures reported by Ravalli County Public Health are slightly different from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) map, depending whether they are are residents of the county or not. Contact tracing is being done on any positive results. The active cases are in Corvallis, Darby, Hamilton and Stevensville. About 100 people are in quarantine. Direct contacts are released from quarantine as they complete their 14-day period without any infection symptoms, Hopkins said.
Ravalli County currently does not have mandatory face-covering, and it is no longer required for people to call ahead prior to going to the Marcus Daly Hospital Viral Clinic. Community spread has been determined in the Bitterroot Valley and Public Health officials urge people to continue wearing masks in public, social distance and wash your hands - often. Free testing will be Thursday, July 16, at the Hamilton High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Ravalli County residents.
Statewide, Saturday morning, July 11, there were 85 new cases of COVID-19 in Montana, with 31 cases in Gallatin County alone. The Montana DPHHS reported 8 new cases in Lake County, 6 in Yellowstone, and 4 each in Big Horn, Cascade, Custer, Ravalli, Madison and Lewis and Clark Counties. Flathead County had 3 cases, and there were 2 each in Deer Lodge, Roosevelt, Silver Bow and Teton Counties. Broadwater, Carbon, Glacier, Granite and Lincoln Counties each had 1 new positive test. So far, 1,677 people have been infected in Montana, with 29 deaths and 864 recoveries. There are 24 in hospitals currently.