Felton: Yellowstone County “epicenter” of COVID-19 in Montana – KTVQ Billings News

” This month alone, Yellowstone County has reported 458 cases, more cases than the county had in the previous 4 months integrated,” he said. “Among the 629 cases reported in Yellowstone County because the pandemic started, on March 13, 440 of those are active right now. Nearly one-third of all of the 1,226 active cases in Montana are in Yellowstone County. Today, there are 24 people confirmed to have actually Covid-19 hospitalized in Yellowstone County.

BILLINGS Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton advised everybody Thursday to do their part to slow the spread of Covid-19, which has struck Yellowstone County hard in current weeks with 14 deaths and rising numbers of favorable cases.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Felton spoke about the growing variety of coronavirus cases and the regulation by Gov. Steve Bullock to make masks compulsory when inside public places.
Felton said there are presently 440 active cases in Yellowstone County – almost a 3rd of all the cases in the whole state of Montana.
” This month alone, Yellowstone County has actually reported 458 cases, more cases than the county had in the previous 4 months integrated,” he said. Nearly one-third of all of the 1,226 active cases in Montana are in Yellowstone County.
” Yellowstone County is the epicenter of the pandemic in Montana,” he stated.
( Watch the full press conference in the video above.).
Among the biggest clusters has remained in senior assisted living home where 112 locals and personnel have actually checked positive – 91 in the Canyon Creek Memory Center.
” Let me ensure you, Covid-19 is a huge offer. The households of 14 dead Yellowstone County homeowners certainly believe its a big deal. Our 440 next-door neighbors and buddies who are isolated in your home and the a number of thousand close contacts who are in seclusion and investing their summertime behind closed doors think this is a huge deal,” Felton said.
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Felton stated that universal masking has been revealed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and urged everyone to wear a mask to keep neighbors safe and assistance organisations keep open.
Felton likewise stated it has actually been challenging for Riverstone Health to do get in touch with tracing, not only because of the tension the spike in cases is placing on the public health system, however also because many individuals are not returning calls or complying with orders to quarantine.
Another challenge is the across the country backlog in testing results. Felton stated that will impact Riverstones ability to carry out screening at the Shrine Auditorium as planned. Asymptomatic testing will continue for the remainder of this week, but Felton doesnt know the length of time it may take to get results back. Checking will continue for those who are showing signs.
Felton predicted that the rest of July will continue to see lots of cases in Yellowstone County. When asked if it is possible for schools to open with cases continuing to rise, he said that everything includes a risk which in just two weeks the routine effect of masking regularly would be seen if people follow the regulation and use them.
” Isnt the hassle of using a mask and keeping suitable social range worth conserving a life, conserving a task or saving a company,” Felton said as he again advised everybody in the community to do their part.
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