First Park County resident tests positive for COVID-19

Justin Post — Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, March 27, 2020
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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Park County reported its first case of COVID-19 on Thursday evening.

The Park County resident who tested positive for the virus is at home recovering, according to a news release from the Park County Health Department.

The Health Department has launched an investigation to determine if any additional testing or isolation of close contacts is needed, the release said.

The first positive result comes after extensive testing of Park County residents by Livingston HealthCare, the release said. Test results are typically returned within three days. 

The Health Department said confirmed positive results will be shared immediately in an effort to “help residents understand the occurrence of infection in our community,” the release said. 

Park County reported its first case of COVID-19 just hours after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced the state will be implementing measures for Montanans to stay at home effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday until April 10.

“Compliance with Gov. Bullock's Stay Home Order beginning Saturday March 28 and other social distancing and hand-washing recommendations remain vitally important,” the Health Department’s news release said. 

Anyone with symptoms - including a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath - is asked to contact Livingston HealthCare at 406-222-3541, the release said.

Call the Park County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline with other questions at 406- 222-4131.

Park County, the city of Livingston, Park County Schools and Livingston Schools are coordinated to respond to support medical services, the release said. 

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