Dr. Desnick’s Covid-19 Video Update
April 2 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
To view Dr. Desnick’s Covid-19 Video update visit https://youtu.be/dv4y-ATyAec
Hi friends, Dr. Laurel Desnick here, with a March 26 update on COVID-19 in Park County.
This week we lost another Park County resident to COVID-19 from the outbreak at the nursing home.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends touched by this loss.
It has been 14 days since the last new case was identified in the nursing home, so we truly hope there will be no more suffering ahead for residents and staff.
A COVID variant that originated in the UK has now been identified by the Montana State Lab in Park County.
This variant seems to be both more contagious and more deadly and has continued to gain a foothold in Montana, with more than 10 counties confirming cases.
Wherever this variant has spread, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have increased.
We don’t know if the variant is the reason, but so far this week we have identified more than 25 new cases of COVID-19 in our county.
Cases are primarily in young adults and people in the workforce rather than the elderly as we have seen in the past.
Masks, distancing, and avoiding crowds are still important to prevent the spread of all the variants.
And thankfully the Moderna and the Janssen vaccines we have been using are both effective against the new COVID strains.
With COVID-19 evolving in Park County vaccinations are more important than ever.
So now for some good news about vaccinations.
Next week, on Thursday, April 1st, we will have a special vaccination event at the Park County Fairgrounds for all Park County front-line workers.
Anyone 18 or older whose work requires them to deal face-to-face with the public is eligible.
All of the vaccine providers in the county are joining together for this special clinic so we are able to offer extended hours, both early morning and into the evening, to accommodate work schedules.
Frontline workers, please visit the Park County Coronavirus Website starting Monday morning March 29th to schedule your appointment for the April 1st event.
Starting on, Friday, April 2nd, vaccine appointments will be open to the general public, 18 and older.
First dose clinics will be on Thursdays, also at the Park County fairgrounds.
At this time we anticipate at least 500 doses weekly for the county and will continue to add more appointments as more vaccines become available.
Thank you Park County.