Rise in cases in younger ages

Madison County COVID & Vaccination Update

As of April 13, Madison County reported 13 active coronavirus cases. There have been 741 cases through the pandemic. Currently, zero hospitalizations are reported.

Joe Brummell, leader of the incident command team, reported that the latest COVID-19 surge has been seen in school-aged kids and 20-39-year-olds. Twin Bridges School District is experiencing COVID-19 cases within the district and a significant number of individuals needed to quarantine.

Brummell has filled the public information officer role in the incident command team structure, as Bonnie O’Neill has resigned and finished the last days of her position. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and public health officials continue to resign across the state through the course of the pandemic. Brummell mentioned that Bob Fry with the Northern Rockies incident command office announced his resignation.

At Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center (TRMCC), no residents or staff are quarantined. With a county prevalence rate of 2.2%, the facility is testing staff once per week.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been there,” Gail Nelson, nursing home administrator for TRMCC, said. TRMCC has two scheduled new admissions for next week.

Both TRMCC and Madison Valley Manor (MVM) will be sending out letters explaining a new visitation policy. Much of it will concern indoor close contact visits and fully vaccinated residents with other stipulations laid out in the letters.

At MVM, an outbreak status is being observed after one staff member was quarantined. This is expected to expire April 20. Residents and staff are being tested twice weekly until the outbreak status is lifted. Compassionate care visits are currently allowed.

Thirty three percent of residents at MVM are vaccinated. Monthly clinics are offered for residents and Allison Veland, nursing home administrator for MVM, hopes to get that number up as these clinics continue.

As of Tuesday, Madison County reported 1,009 fully vaccinated residents. Two thousand one hundred residents have received their first dose and 3,109 total doses have been administered.

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