County hits 800-case milestone

Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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According to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 case map, Park County hit the 800-case milestone Wednesday.

The state reported 22 new cases in Park County Wednesday, according to the map, and the county now has 178 confirmed active COVID-19 cases.

One new case was reported among Park High School students, according to a Park High press release, and that student is isolated at home.

According to the release, 11 students and one staff member were deemed close contacts and are in quarantine.

It’s not known whether the virus was contracted at an after-school activity or away from school, according to the Livingston School District’s COVID-19 online outbreak dashboard.

The dashboard states, “According to today’s information, more student close contacts happen at school than away from school, mostly having taken place at one after-school activity.”

Masking efforts are being emphasized at Livingston schools, according to the dashboard, as most spread in the district has occurred when masks were not worn.

As of Tuesday there were 36 students and staff in the district quarantining or isolated because of COVID-19, according to the district.

Overall, Montana has reported 74,644 total cases of COVID-19, 9,072 of which are active.

There have been 836 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19, four of which were Park County residents.