Community Update: COVID-19

Community Update: COVID-19

The Montana Department of Public Health has recently announced the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Ravalli County. I want our community to know that we have a team of experts working around the clock to keep our community, patients, and caregivers safe.

As this situation evolves, one of our top priorities is to ensure that we keep our caregivers safe and our facilities operational. Over the last few days, we have taken steps to reduce visitor access, reschedule unnecessary patient encounters, restrict facility access, and preserve personal protective equipment. As the situation evolves, you will see additional steps taken to ensure the safety of our caregivers and patients. It is imperative at this time that our community comes together to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Recent decisions at the federal and state level will aide our hospitals and health systems in their response and treatment of patients both with and those free of COVID-19. These steps are only as effective as our commitment and adherence to those directives. Each of us must do our part.

The most significant risk associated with COVID-19 is overwhelming your local healthcare resources. Our message is simple. Unless you are seeking care at our facilities, please stay home. Unless your condition requires medical attention, please stay home. If your symptoms are mild, please call your primary care physician or local public health department to discuss the next steps.

Last of all, please stay calm and stay informed. COVID-19 is a new condition, and we are still learning how it behaves and how to treat patients best. Rely upon official sources of information such as the CDC or Montana DPHHS and for local COVID-19 information Ravalli Public Health Department and your hospital.

Thank you,

John Bishop, CEO
Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital

Please Visit Our Dedicated COVID-19 Page for Continuing Updates and Information About Our Preparations



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