Virus outbreak at elder care facility; no one hospitalized

Sam Klomhaus – Enterprise Staff Writer
Friday, February 12, 2021

There is a COVID-19 outbreak at a Park County elder care facility, according to the Health Department.

“We are currently in the midst of an outbreak at one of our elder care facilities,” Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick said in a video message Thursday. “Thankfully, none of the residents or staff are requiring hospitalization at this time.”

Desnick said the Health Department and state are working with the facility to contain the outbreak.

Most residents and staff of Park County nursing homes, assisted living and group homes have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, Desnick said.

According to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 immunization map, 2,280 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Park County, with 686 residents having received their second doses.

The Health Department is focusing on seniors during phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Phase 1B includes those over age 70, those with certain chronic medical conditions putting them at risk for COVID-19 and those in certain high risk groups such as Native Americans.

Those age 75 and up are being targeted by the Health Department for vaccination, Desnick said Thursday in the video, and there are clinics planned for next Wednesday for 75-and-older residents in Clyde Park and Gardiner.

The vaccine rollout is on schedule, Desnick said, and Osco and Western Drug have received vaccine doses to distribute to those in group 1B.

Vaccines are also being distributed through Livingston HealthCare and Community Health Partners.

For more details on vaccinations, residents can call the Health Department at (406) 222-4131.

Desnick also addressed the statewide mask mandate, which Gov. Gianforte removed Friday. Park County’s mask mandate in public indoor spaces remains in place for those ages 5 and up, Desnick said.

Park County has reported 1,074 COVID-19 cases so far during the pandemic, according to the state of Montana’s COVID-19 case map, 29 of which are active.

Overall, there have been 97,063 cases reported in Montana, 2,917 of which are active.

There have been 1,324 deaths in Montana attributed to COVID-19, seven of which were Park County residents.