LAKE COUNTY — Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, through individual and organizational actions, Lake County and the Flathead Indian Reservation had been able to keep numbers of positive cases low. This is changing and the positive case numbers are rising significantly in the Mission Valley. 

Public Health officials are now reporting potential evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the Mission Valley. Community spread is when someone contracts a virus and the source of that infection cannot be determined. This is a substantial change as community spread is the mechanism that allows a virus to spread quickly throughout a community. Our community has limited first responder and emergency health professionals and any infections in those populations can have dramatic and negative impacts to our community.

Several positive cases have been identified in the last few days that cannot be directly traced back to a known exposure with a positive case or related to travel, according to health officials.

There have been 22 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the Mission Valley. All close contacts have been notified.

Officials strongly urge everyone to practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, mask use when in public and to stay at home with ill. These are proven methods to slow the spread of the virus. Now is the time to continue vigilance, protect yourself, protect your family and protect the community.

Editor's Note: This post corrects a statement that there were 22 active cases, when it was cumulative.

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