Press Release Sadie Caltrider
August 11th, 2020 Beaverhead County PIO
Cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Beaverhead County
As of 12:00pm on 8/10/2020 Beaverhead County Public Health reports 64 total cases in Beaverhead County since the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic. There are currently 8 active cases. There is one current hospitalization (included in the active case count).
As with every case if you are not contacted by public health, you are not considered a close contact. A close contact is considered someone who is within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes with a positive case.
As we’ve seen our cases more than double in the last two weeks, we implore residents to follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings in indoor public places or at outdoor events where social distancing isn’t easily performed, perform frequent hand washing, and remain home when you are not feeling well.
We are now experiencing community spread in Beaverhead County, meaning that not all cases have identified origins. Our community has begun to experience the fallout of quarantines, meaning many individuals have been unable to go to work or attend social functions because of quarantine restrictions. You can greatly reduce your risk of having to quarantine by following social distancing measures and avoiding gathering with groups of people that don’t live in your household. If you are identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive patient you will be REQUIRED to quarantine for 14 days from your last date of contact. We must stress that this isn’t suggested or optional, it is an enforceable order.
Be safe, stay vigilant. These measures help yourself, your family, your friends, and the businesses in this community that you support.