20 Livingston students are quarantined as new school cases reported

By 
Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, November 5, 2020

A total of 20 students at East Side School, Sleeping Giant Middle School and Park High School are quarantining after a Livingston School District staffer and a Park High student tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced Wednesday.

According to a district press release, no classes or extracurricular activities will be disrupted.

The staffer and student are each isolated at home, the release said, and the staffer did not contract the virus at school.

One student at Park High, two at East Side School and six at Sleeping Giant Middle School were identified as close contacts of the staffer, Superintendent’s Secretary Jenny Stringer said Thursday.

Also, 11 students at Park High who were close contacts of the student who tested positive are quarantining at home, Stringer said.

No staffers were identified as close contacts, Stringer said, and the two cases are not related.

Park County tied its highest daily increase in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases Thursday with 16 new cases, according to the state of Montana.

The county has 107 confirmed active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday morning, according to the state, and has reported 312 cases overall. The state also reported that as of Wednesday there was no evidence of community spread.

As of Wednesday there were three people hospitalized at Livingston HealthCare with COVID-19, according to the state. There have been no deaths in Park County attributed to COVID-19.

Thursday, Montana reported 1,013 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. The state has reported 36,968 cases overall, with 13,261 active.

There have been 407 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19.