UPDATE - May 20, 2020 - 10:10 a.m.
HAMILTON - The Montana Response COVID-19 tracking map shows a seventh confirmed COVID-19 case in Ravalli County as of Wednesday morning.
Ravalli County Public Health reports that the "cluster outbreak has travel involved" and that the investigation is ongoing.
Health officials are continuing to trace any and all exposures and so far have identified over 30 residents that currently show no symptoms of COVID-19. The residents are cooperating with quarantine guidelines.
Ravalli County Public Health reported on Tuesday afternoon six pending tests had been confirmed by the state lab as positive for COVID-19.
"Verifying those details is critical if we are to determine the source of infection to mitigate the spread. We will continue to provide information to the community as its verified," health officials noted in a social media post.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Ravalli County stands at eight as of Wednesday morning.
(first report: May 19, 2020 - 5:29 p.m.)
Ravalli County Public Health reported on Tuesday that six of the nine pending tests have been confirmed by the state lab as positive for COVID-19.
There are still three tests pending connected to this investigation.
The individuals are all male. Four of the cases are in the 10-20 age range with the other two in their 60’s. These seven new cases are being classified as a cluster outbreak, meaning they were all together. The seventh case was confirmed over the weekend for a man between the age of 50 and 60.
In total, Ravalli County has now seen 12 positive cases, seven of which are active.
Early investigation indicates that travel plays a role. The first case is currently hospitalized while the other six are isolated at home. Ravalli County Public Health continues to investigate and to date have placed over 30 identified contacts in quarantine.
Citizens are encouraged to be vigilant in their hygiene practice by Ravalli County Public Health. Frequent handwashing and physical distancing remain your best defense.