Ravalli County had one new confirmed case of coronavirus on Thursday.
Ravalli County Public Health Nurse Karyn Johnston said her office is investigating and doing contact traces for 21 cases. These cases are in Darby, Corvallis, Hamilton and Stevensville. Three cases are hospitalized. All of these cases are in isolation and their contacts are in quarantine.
Thursday afternoon Johnston said additional COVID-19 testing is being lined up in Ravalli County for asymptomatic people and contacts to identified cases.
“We’re also finalizing plans for a big testing on July 16 that would be open to first responders, grocery people and anyone without symptoms,” Johnston said.
A meeting to work out the details is being held on Tuesday.
“We have over 200 people in quarantine as they have been determined to be close contacts,” Johnston said in her daily press release. “We have also determined Ravalli County has community spread, since several cases cannot be traced back to another positive case.”
With July 4 on Saturday, Johnston asked people to remember that COVID-19 does not take a holiday. She said if you are trying to decide whether to go to that picnic, family cookout, or fireworks show, please follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at mass gatherings and large community events to protect yourself and your community.
“Before you go, find out what preventative measures the venue has put in place to protect the public,” Johnston said. “If you do go out, please keep a daily log of your contacts and keep your circle of contacts small.”
Her press release said staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. She recommends visiting parks, trails and open spaces to relieve stress, get some fresh air and stay active. The press release listed other things to do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: stay home if sick, practice everyday preventive actions such as washing hands often and avoiding close contact with people who are sick, wear cloth face coverings whenever you are less than 6 feet apart from other people or are indoors. Children under the age of 2 should not wear cloth face coverings.
The more people with whom someone interacts at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
The higher the level of community transmission i the area where a gathering is held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering.
Call Ravalli County Public Health 406-375-6672 with questions regarding COVID-19.
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