City of Whitefish Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

City officials remind public to wear face coverings and social distance to slow spread of virus, help businesses and schools stay open

By Beacon Staff
Whitefish City Hall. Beacon file photo

An employee of the City of Whitefish has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Aug. 25 press release from City Manager Dana Smith.

City employees who have worked closely with the individual were immediately sent home to self-isolate until the health department completes its investigation and any further testing, according to Smith’s press release.

“We are working closely with the Flathead City-County Health Department during their investigation to ensure all close contacts are properly identified,” Smith said.

City officials in Whitefish are reminding the public of the importance of using face coverings and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

“Thank you for continuing to do your part to slow the spread of the virus,” Smith said. “Our vigilance is of the utmost importance moving forward so we will be able to keep our schools and businesses open and safe.”

Flathead County had 119 active cases as of Aug. 26, fourth most in Montana behind Yellowstone (847), Big Horn (191) and Rosebud (142). The county has had 539 total cases, 416 recoveries and four deaths since the pandemic began. Six people are currently hospitalized in the county due to COVID-19.

Visit the Beacon’s COVID-19 tracker for the most up-to-date county data.

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