UPDATED: Third positive COVID case tallied in Beaverhead

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Casey S. Elliott
Thursday, July 9, 2020

A third Beaverhead County resident is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

The newest case is a male in between age 10 and 19, according to state of Montana data. A Beaverhead County Public Health press release indicated the individual is being isolated and close contacts are being traced. It is unknown at this time how he contracted the virus.

Public Health Director Sue Hansen reminded residents to be cautious and remain vigilant as the pandemic continues.

"Just because the county has had very few cases does not mean we are immune to an outbreak of COVID-19," she said in the press release. "Large gatherings such as weddings and crowded bars where social distancing is not being followed have been linked to recent cases in Montana."

Montana had its largest spike of cases between Wednesday and Thursday – 96 – with 46 of them from Yelllowstone County. Madison County sits at 22 positive cases, which has grown by one over the past few days. Other large increases of cases were tallied for Lake (14), Big Horn (9), and Gallatin (7) counties. There were also two new deaths occurring in Yellowstone County.

Read more in next week's Dillon Tribune.