Public health updates COVID case count due to confusion

County under mask requirement
Casey S. Elliott
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Beaverhead County Public Health updated the total and active coronavirus case counts locally Thursday, due to continued confusion caused by a state of Montana mapping error.

As the Dillon Tribune previously reported here and in the July 15 print edition, the county has five active cases and six total. COVID-positive cases were confirmed for a girl under age 10, a teenage male, a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s, and both a woman and man in their 40s, according to demographic data. The woman in her 20s was the first case, diagnosed in April. She has since recovered from the virus.

A previously-counted case was later attributed to an out-of-state individual; people are counted based on their residence, public health officials said.

Beaverhead residents, businesses and public spaces are required by Gov. Steve Bullock's Tuesday directive to wear masks in public, with some exceptions, for counties with four or more active cases. The full directive can be found here

Also, a previously-planned asymptomatic testing event for Dillon History Days has been postponed indefinitely. Bullock said Tuesday the state's reference laboratory, Quest Diagnostics, is overwhelmed with asymptomatic tests and cannot get results returned in a timely fashion.

Read more in the next edition of the Dillon Tribune.