COVID-19 infections drop slightly in Park County

By 
Sam Klomhaus - Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, December 14, 2020

Park County has seen slightly lower level of COVID-19 infections last week, although infection levels are still too high, Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick said in a Friday video update.

Cases are scattered around the county, Desnick said, with a disproportionate amount in the Shields Valley.

Most cases are still within families and close friends, Desnick said.

In county schools, there has been minimal spread among students in classrooms, Desnick said, but schools through the county are seeing occasional cases among students and staff.

The Livingston School District’s online COVID Dashboard reported Friday there were no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the district. The dashboard reported there were 35 students and staffers quarantined or isolated as of Friday.

Desnick said the county is getting regular updates from the state of Montana about COVID-19 vaccine disbursal, and is hopeful Park County’s frontline health care workers will be able to be vaccinated by the end of December or early January.

Over the weekend, the state reported four new COVID-19 cases in Park County Sunday and eight new cases Saturday. No new cases were reported by the state Monday because an upgrade to the state’s communicable disease reporting system was being performed.

Overall, Montana has recorded 73,303 COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, 9,707 of which are active.

There have been 818 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19, four of which were Park County residents.