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Covid-19 Update - 7/6/20

Monday, July 6, 2020

As many of you have probably heard Clark Fork Valley Hospital has had its first positive Covid-19 test result. The result is preliminary and we are awaiting confirmation from the Montana State Lab. The county health department is aware and will proceed with its procedures for contact tracing.

This is not unexpected as we have seen an increase in the number of cases in Montana since advancing to stage 2 reopening. Having said that, it is a good time to remind everyone of the measures that have worked to stifle the spread of disease in Montana. We all need to be diligent about washing hands, social distancing, and wearing of masks. These practices can continue to limit the pace that the disease spreads, and help us protect the most vulnerable of our families, friends, and neighbors. It remains true that for many who contract Covid-19 there is minimal effect, but for some it is devastating. We can all do our part by following guidelines given to protect those least able to tolerate the infection. It would seem that the little inconvenience on some of us is worth the potential reward for those at risk of serious problems.

Gregory S. Hanson, MD


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