Hill County Health Board Provides Weekly COVID-19 Update

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Health Board met virtually on Friday afternoon to provide another update on the county’s response to COVID-19.

Health Department Director Kim Larson says she has received some complaints from local businesses not enforcing the mask directive, and they are continuing to educate the public on the matter.

So far, no businesses have reached phase 2 of the complaint process, where an order of corrective action would be filed.

Bullhook Community Health Center CEO Kyndra Hall says all but one of the results from the 536 sentinel tests conducted on July 8th at the Havre High School parking lot have come back.

534 came back negative and one came back positive for COVID-19. That person has been contacted by the Health Department and is following proper protocol.

In total, Health Officer Jessica Sheehy says 849 COVID-19 tests have been performed in Hill County, 17 of which were awaiting results as of Friday afternoon.

This includes rapid tests but not sentinel tests.

None of the Hill County Commissioners joined the meeting.

Hill County has reported a total of 41 COVID-19 cases. 22 are active and 19 have recovered. One of the active cases is hospitalized.

The next special Health Board meeting will take place on August 6th at noon.

The total case count listed in this story has been updated after the Hill County Health Department reported one new COVID-19 case Friday afternoon. The individual is a male in his 50s identified through contact tracing

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