County reports 16 new cases of COVID-19 since Monday

Friday, October 16, 2020

Park County has reported 16 new COVID-19 cases since Monday as officials urge caution during the upcoming Halloween season.

The state of Montana reported six new confirmed cases in Park County Friday, two cases Thursday, six cases Wednesday, no cases Tuesday and two cases Monday.

The Park County Health Department has released a flyer containing guidelines for this year’s celebration of Halloween, encouraging people to explore their own neighborhoods, skip the parties and visit only homes with lights on.

According to the flyer, residents should wear a mask at all times, even under costumes, and wash hands before eating their candy.

“Keep a 6-foot witch’s broom distance from groups,” the flyer states.

Friday morning, Park County was reporting 45 active COVID-19 cases out of 168 total cases, with 123 people no longer contagious.

As of Wednesday, there were three people hospitalized with COVID-19 at Livingston HealthCare, according to the state, but no community spread detected in Park County.

Montana reported 665 new COVID-19 cases Friday, down from 735 new cases Thursday, the state’s highest daily increase so far during the pandemic.

Overall, Montana has reported 21,595 confirmed COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 8,148 of which are active.

There have been 235 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19.