Nursing home death toll reaches 10

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A Livingston Health and Rehab resident died Wednesday from COVID-19, according to Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick, bringing the death toll in the home’s COVID-19 outbreak to 10.

A total of 16 Park County residents have died from COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Park County, Desnick said Wednesday, and she’s particularly concerned about the next few weeks because of spring break travel and the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 variants.

“We’re expecting this next month to be pretty challenging,” Desnick said.

Travel doesn’t necessarily have to be an issue, Desnick said, as long as travelers take the necessary precautions against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Desnick said, the county is readying the Park County Fairgrounds to serve as a mass vaccination site as early as next week, Desnick said, when everyone in Park County over age 18 will become eligible for the vaccine.

Improvements to the ventilation system will help keep the building safe for people to be vaccinated in, Desnick said.

COVID-19 vaccines have so far been effective against the variants that have been showing up, Desnick said, but more people need to be vaccinated in order for things to go back to normal.

According to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 case map, Park County has reported 1,175 total COVID-19 cases, 27 of which are active.

Statewide, there have been 103,666 total reported cases, according to the map, 898 of which are active.

There have been 1,431 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19.

“I think we’re on pretty thin ice, which is very appropriate for spring,” Desnick said.