GREAT FALLS, MONTANAA (NOV. 14, 2020) — This week, Cascade City County Health Department has been issuing information to Cascade County residents about the low numbers of cases reported via Facebook. Cascade County reported the following cases each day for the week of November 9th – 13th :
- Monday, November 9th – 0 cases
- Tuesday, November 10th – 84 cases
- Wednesday, November 11th – 7 cases
- Thursday, November 12th – 1 case
- Friday, November 13th – 119 cases
This put the total at 211 cases for the week. The additional 440 cases reported today bring that total to 651 cases.
The numbers reported on the state map earlier this week were significantly lower than average as a result of an essential upgrade to the statewide communicable disease reporting system, staffing shortages at CCHD, and an onsite consultation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to review and streamline or processes.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services issued the following statement regarding the low numbers for the week:
"Over the weekend, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) upgraded its statewide communicable disease reporting system that is used by local County and Tribal health officials to report COVID-19 cases. Due to this essential upgrade, new cases were not able to be reported into the system until late in the day on Sunday, November 8. Local public health continued to perform case and contact investigations, and reporting into the system has resumed today, but it may take the next few days to catch up on new case reporting.”
This last week CCHD has hired and trained additional contact tracers, continued 7 day a week case investigation and contact tracing and are now able to focus on entering the numbers into the state database which will be reflected on today’s map.
It is to the benefit of every community member that businesses and individuals continue to take prevention seriously and do everything they can to curb the spread of this virus. Known prevention measures include:
- Staying home when you are sick and getting tested if symptoms are consistent with COVID-19
- Limiting interactions with others and thinking critically about the necessity of engaging in certain events/outings/gatherings
- Social distancing wherever possible
- Universal masking and proper mask wearing
- Good sanitation practices and hand washing
- Isolating if you are positive, and notifying everyone you were in contact with for 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to test date
- Quarantining if you have had close contact with a positive case, and continuing to quarantine for 2 weeks from the time you were exposed
Together we can make an impact.