Despite cases, phase 2 is moving forward
Following a week in which 40 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock said in a press call Monday he has no pause in moving to phase two of his reopening plan.
The vast majority of active cases are clustered in Yellowstone and Big Horn County, State Medical Officer Greg Holzman said, and all the cases in those two areas have been connected.
Because the increase in cases has been limited to those two clusters, Bullock said, it’s OK to move to phase two of reopening, which began Monday.
The state announced four new cases Tuesday: two in Gallatin County and one each in Yellowstone and Big Horn counties. Montana has now reported 523 total cases of COVID-19, 44 of which are active. Park County has reported eight total cases, all of which have recovered.
“This could happen in any of our communities if we’re not very very careful,” Bullock said.