Livingston student and school staffer test positive for COVID-19

Sam Klomhaus
Thursday, October 29, 2020

A number of Sleeping Giant Middle School students are quarantining after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the Livingston School District announced Thursday.

The virus was not contracted at school, the district said in a press release, and the student is safe and isolated at home.

Other students are quarantining after being identified as close contacts of the infected student, the release said. The number of students affected was not released by the school.

A staffer at Park High School has also tested positive for COVID-19 and is safe and isolated at home, according to the release.

That staff member had no close contact with students, the release said, and the virus was not contracted in a school setting.

According to the release, a limited number of staff are quarantining after being identified as close contacts.

No classes or extracurricular activities at either school will be disrupted, the release said.

According to the state of Montana, there are 55 confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Park County, including 13 reported by the state Thursday morning.

As of Wednesday, two people were hospitalized at Livingston HealthCare with the virus, according to the state, but only four beds were available at the hospital because of patients with other issues.

Park County has reported 260 confirmed COVID-19 cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the state, but as of Thursday there was no evidence of community spread in the county.

Thursday, the state of Montana reported 891 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 30,853 so far during the pandemic, 10,474 of which are active.

Gallatin County reported 846 active COVID-19 cases Thursday, Sweet Grass County 24 cases and Meagher County 15 cases.

There have been 337 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19.