The Ravalli County Board of Commissioners has received a considerable amount of communication regarding citizens’ concern over the recent spike in the COVID-19 cases. We appreciate, and share, your concern.
We have been chastised repeatedly for not enforcing the governor’s directives and reminded that Missoula County has been very aggressive in the enforcement of social distancing and masking. Tuesday, the governor touted the Missoula, Butte-Silver Bow, Lewis & Clark and Yellowstone Counties as the gold standard for enforcement of the mask mandate. Let’s take a look at the numbers, specifically the numbers reported in the Ravalli Republic on Oct. 14, 2020. According to the article Ravalli County has 71 active COVID-19 cases while Missoula has 662 active cases. Doing some simple math:
• Ravalli County: 71 active cases in a population of 44,000 = 0.16% active infection rate
• Yellowstone County: 1,578 active cases in a population of 160,000 = 0.98% active infection rate
• Missoula County: 662 active cases in a population of 120,000 = 0.55% active infection rate
• Lewis & Clark County: 238 active cases in a population of 69,000 = 0.35% active infection rate
• Butte-Silver Bow: 122 active cases in a population of 35,000 = 0.35% active infection rate
On July 16, 2020, the Ravalli County Sheriff and Board of County Commissioners encouraged all residents to educate themselves and conduct their business as safely as possible during this pandemic. Further, we asked our citizens to treat each other with compassion and respect each other’s right to make decisions about their own health. I believe the data supports the fact that our citizens have exercised good judgment in keeping themselves and our community safe.
We thank our neighbors and citizens of Ravalli County for their continued diligence in keeping our communities safe and ask that you continue to respect the rights of others to make decisions for their own health.
— Greg Chilcott, Ravalli County Commissioner
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