As of April 20, Madison County reported 19 active coronavirus cases. There have been 759 confirmed positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Two residents are currently hospitalized.
Thanks to government-funded programs, at-home Covid-19 tests are now easier to come by. The Madison County Public Health Department recently received 1,877 two-test kits from the state which are now available at the MCPHD office in Virginia City as well as the Ennis Pharmacy and Mac’s CHC Pharmacy in Sheridan. Tests are also available at https://www.covidtests.gov/.
According to MCPHD Director Emilie Sayler, the goal is to have a test kit in every county household, noting at the Feb. 1 Madison County Commissioner meeting that Omicron is spreading rapidly, albeit often with little to no symptoms and with symptoms lasting briefly. These tests, she said, are especially helpful for those that have recently had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Sayler did ask that anyone picking up a test, that’s either symptomatic or who shares a household with someone that is, should call ahead to the health department or pharmacy to set up contactless pickup.
“It’s alarming, the number of people who will come directly into the office while they are actively sick or someone in their household is sick,” Sayler told commissioners. “We want to reduce those potential exposures.”
Reporting changes on the horizon
Following advice handed down from the state health department, MCPHD will shift to online case investigation next week.
Prior to the shift, when a county resident tests positive for Covid-19, they’ll receive a call from the health department for a data collection interview. In the new scenario, covid-positive individuals will receive a link to an online survey which will go to the county health department and ultimately to the state database.
The change, said Sayler, will dramatically reduce her already overloaded staff’s phone time, clearing more time for thorough data input, and most importantly, allowing the department to focus on contacting the county’s highrisk population.
If a person doesn’t complete the online survey, the health department will still follow up via telephone.
“It seems that this is probably our best bet in transitioning from pandemic response to covid to endemic response to covid,” said Sayler. “It’s really going to help us to work this into our new normal, daily workflow.”
The more readily available home tests and updated reporting guidelines come as the state reports a pandemic record-high number of active cases to start out February. Locally, a full quarter of Madison County covid tests are coming back positive.
Sayler stated that while the county reports low active cases (just 41 as of Feb. 2), she expects that number to climb in the coming days due to a lag in at-home positive tests getting reported along with a fax machine outage over the weekend.
As of April 13, Madison County reported 13 active coronavirus cases. There have been 741 cases through the pandemic. Currently, zero hospitalizations are reported.
As of April 6, Madison County reported five active coronavirus cases. Four thousand twenty-eight total vaccinations have been administered, 1,622 individuals are fully vaccinated and 7,454 are eligible to be vaccinated.
Madison County had two active coronavirus cases as of the morning of March 30. There are no active hospitalizations, and one new death was reported that occurred in January. No new cases have been reported in any Madison County school district over the past 14 days.
The Madison County Board of Health held a quarterly meeting on March 16. The board voted unanimously to align county directives regarding mask wearing and group size limits with Gov. Greg Gianforte’s directives.
As of March 23, Madison County reported four positive coronavirus cases. Three active cases were reported on Tuesday and one on Monday.
Madison County has four active coronavirus cases. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic remains at seven and there are currently zero active hospitalizations.
“This is the first time in a long time we have no active hospitalizations” Joe Brummell, head of the incident management team, said.
From Feb. 28-March 7, Madison County reported 14 new coronavirus cases. One resident is currently hospitalized. There are 28 active cases in the county and have been seven fatalities through the course of the pandemic.
From Feb. 21-28, Madison County reported 17 new coronavirus cases. Two new hospitalizations occurred within the past seven days, and 46 residents were quarantined. Madison County will receive 200 doses of coronavirus vaccination this week, 100 for Madison Valley Medical Center and 100 for Ruby Valley Medical Center.
From Feb. 14-Feb.21, 14 new coronavirus cases were reported in Madison County. Forty-five residents have been quarantined in the last seven days and there has been one new hospitalization.