Custer Co. health officials 'strongly recommending' return to Phase 1 restrictions

Posted at 8:04 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 10:06:08-04

MILES CITY — Local health officials said Thursday they are "strongly recommending" that Custer County return to Phase 1 of Gov. Bullock's reopening plan for two weeks because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

Custer County has 15 active cases of COVID-19 -- the second most in the state -- and 19 total confirmed cases.

Moving back to Phase 1 would mean reducing capacity in bars and restaurants back to 50%, reducing the size of larger gatherings -- including athletic and community events and assemblies -- and other restrictions.

The Custer County Board of Health and the health officer also said in a news release that the Montana National Guard will be in the area Friday and Saturday to run free drive-through testing at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.

Health officials made the following recommendations:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well, even with mild symptoms, and contact your healthcare provider
  • Wash/sanitize your hands frequently
  • Wear a face covering when out in public
  • Avoid traveling, unless essential

Montana entered phase two of Gov. Steve Bullock's reopening plan on June 1.

Gov. Bullock said individual counties, tribes, and other jurisdictions could choose to phase one they felt necessary because of a local COVID-19 outbreak.