Montana has largest daily COVID number

Park County says its new case is a restaurant worker
By 
Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, June 29, 2020

Park County reported a new coronavirus case on Saturday — a woman in her 20s. According to the Park County Health Department, the woman is a restaurant worker in the Gardiner area.

“The individual sought medical care as soon as she developed symptoms,” the Health Department posted on Facebook. “She is currently recovering at home. All contacts, including a number of the restaurant staff, have also been tested and are in quarantine awaiting test results.”

This puts the county’s total case at nine, with one active case.

Meanwhile, the state of Montana reported 56 new coronavirus cases Monday, by far the largest single-day confirmed case increase during the pandemic. 

The previous high was 35 cases, reported March 26 and also reported June 24.

As of Friday, about one-third of the results from the community testing efforts June 19 and 20 in Livingston and Gardiner had come back, with none positive, Park County Medical Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick said in a Friday video update. About 1,000 total tests were administered during that effort.

“We will absolutely be sharing final results as soon as they are available,” Desnick said.

The test results in Park County have been encouraging, Desnick said, but there have been larger outbreaks in other parts of Montana.

In order to avoid a large outbreak, Desnick said, residents should wear masks when out in public, practice social distancing and avoid large groups.

“Now these steps are more necessary than ever,” the physician said.

Masks especially help slow the spread of the virus from asymptomatic people to others when out in public, Desnick said.

“Your neighbor with an immune deficiency will thank you,” she said.

Desnick said a review of all positive cases in the state showed most outbreaks began with Montanans traveling out of state or out-of-state residents traveling in.

“Across the west and south, young healthy people seem to be the ones spreading the virus, particularly in places like bars and large gatherings,” Desnick said. “That’s why we’re asking you to wear a mask in public places.”

Overall, Montana has reported 919 total coronavirus cases, with 288 currently active. There have been 100 total hospitalizations and 22 deaths statewide attributed to the coronavirus, according to the state’s website.

Montana reported 23 cases Saturday and 11 cases Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed new cases in Montana over the past three days to 90. In that time period, Yellowstone County reported 21 new cases and Gallatin County reported 23 new cases, bringing the total number of active cases in each county to 55.

“We are now seeing widespread community transmission similar to what we saw in late March and early April,” said Matt Kelley, Health Officer with Gallatin City-County Health Department, in a news release.

Echoing Desnick’s comments, Kelly added, “And we are seeing significant numbers of cases in people who have been in crowded bars, parties, and other events.”

Kelley said in the release that young people should be aware that their presence at crowded parties, bars and other settings can accelerate disease spread to people who are more vulnerable.

For updated case results, and a map of active cases, visit https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f341....