From Oct. 27-Nov. 2, Madison County confirmed 44 new coronavirus cases. Four residents are hospitalized and 132 are in quarantine.
Madison County Public Health Nurse Melissa Brummell said there is not an indication of a post-Halloween spike yet as the coronavirus’s incubation period is between 2-14 days. It takes approximately this amount of time after exposure to the virus to test positive.
Six cases reported are nonresidents. The more time a nonresident spends in the state, the more likely they were to have contracted the coronavirus locally. This time of year, out-of-state visitors are usually hunters, Brummell said, and noted that typically half of the nonresident cases were contracted locally.
“Our hospitals have to not only take care of our local residents, but they have to take care of people who are not our residents,” Brummell said.
As of Tuesday, just before noon, Montana reported 909 new coronavirus cases, according to the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force daily report. Madison County reported three new cases on Tuesday. The Task Force report only confirms county resident cases.
“COVID has given us a lot of opportunities to grow as people if we can find the good and not the bad,” Brummell said. When did we ever think we would have to think of candy shoots for Halloween, she asked?