HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Gov. Steve Bullock announced on Tuesday that he would provide resources to local counties to increase coronavirus restrictions, including a state mandate, as Montana experiences one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. .
According to a October 11 White House Coronavirus Working Group report for Montana, Montana had the third highest number of new cases per capita last week and the second highest positive test rate in the country at 1
Montana has had 332 new cases per 100,000 people in the past week, compared to the national average of 100 per 100,000, according to the report.
Bullock said the lack of implementation of existing nationwide mandates, including the mask requirement introduced in July, was missing. The governor said he would provide educational resources and tools to alleviate the coronavirus to county health services and attorneys to investigate health violations and take legal action against companies that do not comply with the restrictions.
The governor said most compliance issues were resolved through an informal phone call from the local health department, but some issues required further action to create a “community disincentive”.
“If drivers know there are no patrol officers, they can certainly drive with impunity,” Bullock said. “Public health officials are helpless in fighting the virus if they do not receive the support that Montana law guarantees them.”
“Among the major counties, those who have taken civil action against some of the most serious bad actors are currently experiencing much lower transmission rates,” Bullock said.
Bullock named Missoula, Louis and Clark and Silver Bow as counties that have successfully taken legal action to ensure compliance with health mandates.
In Missoula, two businesses were recently awarded orders for mandatory use of facial coverings by the county health official, Missoulian said.
According to the report of the White House working group, smaller, more intimate meetings of family, friends and neighbors and the drive of the show in the country. Jim Murphy, the state’s chief epidemiologist, said social events, including in bars, were linked to the transmission of the virus.
In Yellowstone County, county commissioners have canceled all events scheduled at MetraPark, a public event center, by Nov. 9, the Billings reported. The decision came a day after a local health official issued an order limiting the gatherings to 25 people.
On Tuesday, Montana reported 520 new cases of COVID-19, leading to a total of 19,600 cases in the state. The numbers are thought to be much higher, as not all have been tested and people can have coronavirus without symptoms.
It is estimated that more than 7,700 people still have COVID-19, meaning they are under quarantine or isolation orders. Nearly 300 people were hospitalized and 217 people died.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with pre-existing health problems, this can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.
In other news related to the coronavirus, the Montana High School Association postponed the start of the winter sports season by nearly three weeks to allow the number of COVID-19 cases in the country to stop. Winter sports practices will begin on December 7, instead of the originally planned start date of November 19. The games should start on January 4, instead of the first week in December.
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