Monday, Oct. 5, Pondera County reported 49active COVID-19 cases and 128 individuals quarantining. “Numbers have been increasing rapidly,” said Nicki Sullivan, Director of the Pondera County Health Department (PCHD). Pondera County also recorded it’s first COVID-19 death.
“Many of these cases are connected to social gatherings and school settings,” shared Sullivan. All cases have been recommended to self-isolate and will be released upon meeting CDC criteria. There are 110 close contacts with these cases that have been placed on quarantine and will only be released from quarantine when they meet the CDC recommended protocols.
“Despite these efforts, many in the Pondera County community are refusing to follow their mandated quarantine orders,” Sullivan pointed out.
“These quarantine mandates are not suggestions but public health orders,” emphasized Sullivan. “We need to come together at this critical time, put our own needs aside, and cooperate for the safety and economy of our community,” she added.
According to the Pondera County Commissioners, if the Pondera County community cannot begin to comply with these orders and work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 it is likely that Pondera County will have to put in significant fines and penalties or institute a possible shutdown.
Pondera County officials urge residents to follow the Governor’s directive by maintaining social distance, practicing proper hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and staying at home if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 symptoms can include cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and a new loss of taste or smell. For more information please visit the PCHD Facebook page or visit the State COVID-19 website at covid19.mt.gov.
The PCHD staff is available to answer your questions. Please reach out to them via the PCHD Facebook page or by phone at (406) 271-3247.