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Still only seven virus cases in Park County

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Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, April 16, 2020
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Scott Coleman

Montana has reported 415 confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far during the pandemic, with 11 new cases confirmed Thursday morning.

In Park County, there have been seven confirmed cases, but no new cases since April 6.

“I’d like to call us all out for a terrific effort to this point — really good job,” Livingston HealthCare Medical Director Dr. Scott Coleman said in a video message Wednesday. “In Park County, our efforts have been quite effective to this point.”

The volume of calls to the Livingston HealthCare’s respiratory clinics have come down considerably, Coleman said, which means county residents are healthier and more confident.

365体育网址Opening up has been on everyone’s mind, Coleman said, but we can’t just turn a key and get things back to normal right away.

365体育网址“We’re really going to have to be thoughtful and cautious,” Coleman said. “It’s important to realize there’s no blueprint on the record books for this. We’re kind of making this up as we go.”

Gov. Bullock’s directives regarding the virus, including those closing schools and nonessential businesses, are in place through at least April 24.

Coleman said he would like to see an emphasis on reconnecting with each other, especially with young people, and getting local businesses up and running again. 

365体育网址He said opening up should probably start with healthier people who are at lower risk for serious effects from COVID-19.

365体育网址Statewide, Gallatin County has reported 141 cases, Yellowstone County has reported 67 cases, Carbon County six cases, Stillwater County one and Meagher County one.

365体育网址There have been seven deaths, 52 hospitalizations and 218 recoveries statewide.

365体育网址The governor’s office released Wednesday a statistical report on all the cases in the state as of April 10.

According to the report, cases showed a 50-50 split between males and females, with 20 percent of cases being people in their 20s, 19 percent people in their 50s and 17 percent people in their 60s.

Thirty percent of the reported cases were likely acquired through travel, the report said, and 26 percent of cases with known transmission information likely acquired the virus through community spread. 

Five of 28 counties that have reported cases have reported widespread community transmission, the report said. 

Clusters have accounted for 18 percent of known transmissions and close contact with a known case has accounted for 16 percent. Household contact was listed as a different category than close contact, and accounted for 9 percent of known transmissions.

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