Whitefish Bar Temporarily Closes After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Three new cases of coronavirus reported in Flathead County on Saturday

By Beacon Staff
Medical staff package a nasal swab used for COVID-19 testing. Beacon File Photo

Flathead County reported new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and a Whitefish bar will temporarily close after an employee tested positive.

The county, which has been posting lower numbers when compared to other urban areas in the state, confirmed three cases of coronavirus on Saturday morning. The new local cases were two men in their 20s and a woman in her 30s. Statewide, the total number of cases has reached 1,758. Of those, 26 people remain hospitalized and 29 have died.

Also on Saturday, the popular Great Northern Bar in Whitefish announced it would temporarily close after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked at the bar July 5 and is now under quarantine.

“We are working closely with the Mayor, The City of Whitefish, and the Flathead County Health Department to continue to keep the community’s health at the forefront of all of the decisions we make,” the bar said in a statement on its Facebook page.

Last week, Whitefish adopted a mask ordinance urging, although not mandating, residents and visitors to wear cloth face coverings in public settings.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Flathead County has confirmed 66 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. There are currently 16 active cases among residents and two non-residents being monitored, according to health officials.

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