LHC restricts visitors; Shields schools report 3 students test positive for virus

Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Snow lies on the ground on the Livingston HealthCare campus Wednesday morning. 

Enterprise photo by Elias Baer

Visitors to Livingston HealthCare will be temporarily restricted, the hospital announced Tuesday.

“This is for the safety of our patients and our staff,” the hospital posted on its Facebook page Tuesday. “Please know that this decision comes only after careful deliberation by our medical and administrative teams.”

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Park County.

There have been no deaths in Park County attributed to COVID-19, but as of Tuesday there were six people hospitalized with COVID-19 at LHC, according to the state’s COVID-19 Hospital Occupancy and Capacity in Montana report, and the hospital was 95% full.

Meanwhile, Shields Valley Schools announced Wednesday three district students have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Those students are in isolation and contact tracing is being completed, a Shields Valley Schools press release said. 

The fifth/sixth-grade basketball teams and the third-grade classroom will be remote learning for the rest of the week, the release said.

“We are committed to providing on-site instruction at Shields Valley School and classes will proceed as planned for the unaffected population,” the release said.

Park County reported 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, according to the state of Montana, its second-highest daily increase during the pandemic. Tuesday’s 19 cases were the highest.

There are now 161 confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Park County, which has seen 368 confirmed cases overall.

Statewide, there were 928 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, and there are now 17,004 confirmed active cases in Montana. 

In total Montana has reported 42,070 COVID-19 cases and 472 deaths attributed to COVID-19.