Ravalli Co. leaders remind people to be cautious, even as Bitterroot sees no new cases

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 09:16:31-04

HAMILTON — Ravalli County leaders are beginning their push to remind Bitterroot residents to use precautions, even though the valley hasn't seen any new coronavirus cases for more than a week.

The Ravalli County Board of Health decided to follow Governor Bullock's guidelines for the "Phase 1" re-opening of the state after weeks of being shut down as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The county re-iterated those measures on Monday, saying everything from retail stores to salons could begin operating with provisions for social distancing and other measures effective Monday. Bars, restaurants and casinos will be able to open on Monday, May 4.

County health officials say at-risk residents, such as those over 65, with underlying medical conditions or whose immune systems are compromised should continue to shelter at home.

Ravalli County will also be placing leaderboards on main highways reminding travelers from out-of-state that they still need to be in quarantine for 14-days after entering Montana.

Ravalli County has just five COVID-19 cases, all of which have now recovered.