COVID

Participants in the community testing effort followed the signs for a streamlined process that minimized risk for healthcare workers and residents. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Assessing COVID in the community

A steady stream of vehicles made way through the Big Sky Medical Center parking lot recently, as nearly 700 people from the Big Sky community were tested to see if they were asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. Demonstrating the importance of this kind of testing: a study just released by the Office of National Statistics in the U.K.

Steady rise in COVID cases

A holiday famous for gatherings, July 4th is being greeted by steadily growing COVID-19 cases in Gallatin County. The five days prior to Wednesday’s press call presented five new cases in West Yellowstone, six new cases in Big Sky and 38 cases in the Gallatin Valley.

Big Sky resident Dane Campbell gets coffee for his girlfriend at the Caliber Coffee walk-up window after riding his mountain bike. “Everybody is doing the right thing and doing the best they can,” he said. “I’m bummed out because it was looking so good, but now a bunch of locals have it.” He said he has been staying home as much as possible and is confident the community will get through this. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

UNTIL COVID IS KAPUT

There are intricacies to doing business. It is a dance – and sometimes an incredibly uncomfortable one. Throw a pandemic into the mix and things can become downright complicated, especially for restaurants.

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