Back to the COVID grind

COVID-19 contact tracing underway in Big Sky

Around nine COVID-19 cases were tracked in Big Sky this past week.

“Most are connected to local folks who have attended parties or been to bars,” Gallatin CityCounty Health Department officer Matt Kelley said. “The good news is we are seeing connections between cases. One case is leading us to other cases, which is how contact tracing works.”

Now, the health department is working hard to identify COVID-19 positive folks, get them isolated and limit the spread.

“We need people to avoid large groups, practice social distancing (six feet whenever possible), wash their hands, stay home and get tested if they feel sick,” he said.

Big Sky’s populace is largely composed of skiers and extreme athletes – people who are used to falling down, getting back up again and grinding on. A sense of optimism has been maintained despite a recent uptick of COVID-19 cases. For many, that optimism is coupled with the onus of community safety.

“We are not out of the weeds yet, my beautiful friends,” Tanya Simonson, owner of the newly opened Herbaceous wrote to her friends on Facebook. “Covid 19 is back… and it’s not going away anytime soon. This was no one person’s or one business’s fault. We all let our guards down; we hugged, we partied, and we enjoyed being in each other’s presence.”

She ended her post by encouraging people to be positive, stay strong and to be kind to one another – to be responsible and help slow the spread by washing hands, wearing masks and sanitizing.

“Together, we will get through this. Say a prayer, meditate daily, practice social distancing, and love each other,” she wrote.

Greg Lisk, co-owner of the Riverhouse BBQ restaurant said people should not be ashamed of contracting it – it can happen to anyone. He encouraged people who feel ill to get tested, get isolated and help the community get through this.

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