Lincoln County has been hard hit by COVID-19 of late, climbing from 584 total cases, 212 active, on November 16 to 636 cases with 245 active as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 18. Worse, the death rate climbed by two this week, one person dying of COVID-19 on Monday, a second on Tuesday, to bring the total death toll in the county to eight.
On July 15, when the number of cases statewide jumped from 55 to over 1,000, Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a statewide mandatory mask order, and on July 21, citing a population with over 3,000 people particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to asbestos-related pulmonary disease, the Lincoln County Health Officer Brad Black issued more stringent orders designed to slow the spread of that illness.
That order remains in effect.
It requires that all responsible for indoor spaces open to the public, including businesses and government offices, take reasonable steps to ensure that all aged five or over who enter those spaces be provided and wear a face covering that covers their mouth and noses the entire time they are inside, that masks be provided and worn at outdoor activities where social distancing isn’t practiced or possible, and requiring that organizers of any activity or event involving 50 or more people obtain a permit at least 14 days in advance.
The full order is available here.
From just over 1,000 cases in mid-July, the number of cases statewide has climbed, as of 10 a.m. today, to 51,818 cases with 561 Montanans dying of novel coronavirus. In the 24 hours preceding, 1,236 new cases were confirmed.