Dawson COVID-19 cases trend down for fourth week

Latest COVID-19 Numbers
Sunday, January 10, 2021
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The number of active COVID-19 cases in Dawson County currently stands at 15 compared to a 7-day average of 14. Our active case rate per capita is 184 compared to 460 for Montana as a whole. Twenty-seven people have died to date from COVID-19 in Dawson County.

This is the fourth consecutive week of downward trending active COVID-19 cases in Dawson County, and there are currently only 2 hospitalizations. This is great news except for the fact that coronavirus remains in our midst and only needs opportunity to spread resulting in another surge in active cases. The Health Department continues to urge all community members to follow prevention best practices such as masking up, physical distancing and avoiding gatherings outside of your household. These measures are designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Sanitarian’s Office has received several reports of businesses in the hospitality sector who are not respecting the restrictions under the Executive Orders. We understand these restrictions can mean the loss of potential sales at a time when businesses are badly hurting for sales. We know that gatherings in restaurants and bars where adequate physical distancing and face covering guidelines are ignored has exacerbated the spread of COVID-19 and prolonged the adverse effects to health and the economy. Prevention relies on local leadership, community, and active managerial control of businesses so that the evidenced based guidelines we know will slow the spread of COVID are followed. Although the vaccine is currently being rolled out, we are in the first phase and still a long way off from the target of mass immunity.

For now, only frontline healthcare workers, longterm care and assisted living facility residents and healthcare workers with direct patient contact or virus exposure are receiving the vaccine. In Glendive, all the allocated vaccine has been administered, and more has been ordered. Those who would like to add their name to a wait list to receive the vaccine may call the Health Department. The Health Department will continue to provide updates on the progress of vaccinations, planned vaccination clinics, and any changes to the prevention directives as the war against COVID rapidly evolves.