Ravalli County Records Two More COVID-19 Deaths
Ravalli County Public Health reported two more deaths due to complications from COVID-19. Two women, one in her 80s and one in her 90s, died this week. Public Health Director Tiffany Webber said in the Wednesday morning update that the county has 753 Active case investigations, with 60 new Positive Tests on Monday and 57 new Positive Tests on Tuesday. Webber said families of those who have tested positive are being contacted as soon as possible by the small Ravalli County staff and requests patience from the community.
For the holidays, Public Health urges you to stay home if you are sick. Keep your personal circle small and physically distance whenever possible. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, isolate yourself away from others in the household, notify any close contacts who might have been exposed and tell them to check the "Close Contact" instructions at the Ravalli County COVID-19 website. If you have been infected, you can return to normal activities 10 days after your initial symptoms, as long as you have no new symptoms and have not had a fever for at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Montana's Wednesday morning report from the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena reported another 1,003 positive tests and 22 more deaths as of mid-morning November 25.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines reported Wednesday that Montana will be getting a shipment of Regeneron's antibody therapeutic, casivirmab/imdevimab, which the FDA has given emergency use authorization. There will be 264 vials sent to the state. It's for treatment of non-hospitalized mild to moderate COVID-19 cases in adults and children 12 years and older who are at high risk for hospitalization. The state also is expecting its third shipment of Eli Lilly's antibody therapy, bamlanivimab, this week. There are 370 vials for that one-treatment course.