coronavirus

An exposure to COVID-19 associated with the Jefferson County Health Department has led to the office being closed to the public, the department announced Friday, Nov. 20.

With the office closed, the Public Health Department will continue to investigate cases, but will be working remotely, according to Clinic Coordinator Molly Carey.

The office will reopen Dec. 2 as everyone is working under a quarantine order, said Carey.

COVID-19 has been moving rapidly throughout Jefferson County, with the closing of the public health office preceded last week with the announcement that the office can no longer keep up with contact tracing and is restricting the process to household members and those in high risk groups.

Over the past week, there have been 96 new COVID-19 cases, with 89 active as of Monday, Nov. 23, according to the Public Health Department.

Of those, two are hospitalized. So far, there have been no deaths associated with the virus in Jefferson County.

“Please remember to remain vigilant to help slow the spread of this virus. Please wear a face covering in all buildings open to the public. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently. Clean and sanitize high touch surfaces. Lastly, please stay home if you are sick,” said Carey.

There have now been 421 cases of COVID-19 since March in Jefferson County, and of those, 332 have recovered, as of Nov. 23.

Those needing assistance can call 406-225-4007.

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