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Lake Co. Public Health urging caution on Halloween due to COVID-19

Montana reports 1 new death, 588 new COVID-19 cases (Sunday, Oct. 18)
Posted at 4:18 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 21:21:05-04

POLSON — Lake County health officials are urging residents to stay away from large social gatherings this weekend -- specifically bars and Halloween parties.

Lake County Health Services Director Emily Colomeda says participating in large Halloween gatherings increases your likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19 within your social circles.

Colemeda fears this weekend may lead to a number of “super-spreader” events in Lake County with positive COVID-19 case numbers already on the rise. She says residents need to remain diligent with social distancing to help protect community members most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“I know people are tired of staying home and not celebrating and not being social. But we really need people to step up and do their due diligence, wear a mask when they’re outside, be kind to one another. All the things that we’ve been saying since this pandemic began. It really does make a difference,” Colemeda told MTN News.

Health officials announced two Lake County resident deaths from complications due to COVID-19 on Thursday.