LAKE COUNTY — Montana broke 1,000 COVID-19 cases July 1 as case counts ticked up in Lake County and surrounding counties. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported that some of the new cases statewide were tied to large social gatherings.

Come rain or shine, the Mission Valley loves the Fourth of July celebration. Each year, medical staff warn the community to be safe around the sparklers, firecrackers and rockets, but this year is unlike those past seasons and there is greater need for precautions. Thoughtful community leaders have cancelled beloved festivals, parades, celebrations and community events to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Lake County-CSKT Unified Command Center applauds these efforts to protect the community.

Cases have risen since the state moved into its second phase of reopening.

Let’s prevent our best times from triggering our worst times.

  • A public social gathering does not require your attendance. You have the choice to avoid the known risk of crowd exposure.
  • Wear a mask. The spread can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Another free community testing event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9 at the Hot Springs Rodeo Grounds. 

This message is signed by:

The Leadership of the UCC

St. Luke Community Healthcare

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

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