Beaverhead County Health Department Update
COVID-19 Cases continue to be confirmed in Beaverhead County
Beaverhead County has a total case count of 50. At this time there are 14 active cases.
We have identified community spread within Beaverhead County. Community spread occurs when cases do not have an identifiable origin. We’ve seen a major community surge in recent weeks. Please continue social distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and staying home when you feel sick.
As public health becomes busier with contact investigation, it will take longer to identify and investigate contacts. We ask for the public’s patience while we work on cases and contacts. A close contact is considered someone who is within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes with a positive case. There may be times that the case does not remember all close contacts so if you feel you were a close contact and have not been called by public health after a couple of days, please call the health department at 683-4771. Please do not seek immediate testing at the hospital. The proper procedure for testing is a request to your health care provider or public health for a test. We do ask that if you have no symptoms or mild symptoms, that you wait until after the weekend to request a test. No courier is available on the weekend to take tests to the state lab. However, if you are experiencing severe illness, please seek care at the hospital immediately.
It is important that you remain quarantined from the community for 14 days from last exposure to the positive case. If you are in contact with a positive case and receive a negative test result during quarantine, you MUST finish your 14 day quarantine.
Beaverhead County Public Health is asking everyone to please do their part in keeping themselves and others in our community safe. Follow the Governor’s mask mandate unless you are exempt under the directive. The mandate can be found at https://covid19.mt.gov/joint-information-center.