PRESS RELEASE | August 6, 2020
July’s Covid-19 testing results are in; next community testing set for Sunday
From: Park County Covid-19 Response Team
For more information, please contact the Park County Health Department at 406.222.4145
LIVINGSTON, Mont. – The results are in and all Covid-19 tests done at Park County’s July 12 community-testing events have come back negative except for one, which is under investigation, Park County health officials announced Wednesday.
The results were delayed due to a backlog at Quest Diagnostics lab in Denver, where the state sent the 1,200 July samples to be tested, Dr. Laurel Desnick, Park County’s health officer, said. Lab capacity has become a national problem during this summer’s surge of coronavirus cases.
With the state now using new labs to quickly process tests, the Park County Health Department has scheduled a third round of testing for asymptomatic people on Sunday, Aug. 9.
The free drive-through/walk-up testing will again be held at Gardiner and Park high schools, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There is no age limit, but minors need a parent or guardian with them to be tested.
These large Covid-19 screening events of people with no symptoms are part of the state’s phased reopening strategy. They give public health officials, clinics and hospitals, schools, and other community organizations a snapshot of how widespread Covid-19 infection may be in the community.
“The results from the first two testing events have been very encouraging,” Desnick said. “We are hoping to continue doing this as needed into the fall.”
The first round of community-testing in mid-June yielded just two positive results in nearly 1,000 tests.
“These results support the conclusion that, after two phases of reopening, our collective efforts have, thus far, prevented uncontrolled community spread of the virus in Park County,” Greg Coleman, county emergency management director and a coronavirus response team leader, said.
Remember that a test does not provide any protection against disease. Wear a mask, continue social distancing and keep your social circle small. If you have symptoms, call Livingston HealthCare and get a test immediately.
Symptoms include, but aren’t limited to: fever or chill, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
The Park County Health Department promotes the health of individuals and families through disease surveillance, program development, and education.
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