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Health officials investigate possible cluster of COVID-19 cases

Daily Inter Lake | July 8, 2020 8:58 PM

Health authorities are investigating a possible cluster of COVID-19 cases in the Libby area.

Officials announced the probe during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lincoln County Health Board on July 8. The investigation was launched after testing revealed two new cases of COVID-19 in the county, said Public Health Manager Jennifer McCully.

That brings the number of active cases in the county to four.

A press release issued as McCully briefed board members described the patients as both men, one in his 30s, the other in his 40s.

Officials planned to make more information about the potential cluster public as it became available, McCully told the board.

"We are chasing the disease," McCully said.

Officials recommended that residents remain vigilant regarding the coronavirus. Authorities urged those vulnerable to COVID-19 to continue to stay home.

Everyone else ought to social distance from people not in their household and wear a face mask when in situations where social distancing is difficult or impossible, officials said. Residents should continue washing their hands, using hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable. Anyone feeling sick should stay home.

Authorities are performing contact tracing in regards to the latest cases. All direct contacts to the two patients should have received a phone call from health department staff, according to the press release.

Anyone with questions regarding COVID-19 should call the county hotline at 406-293-6295.