Four positive cases of COVID-19 have forced some changes at the City of Baker/Fallon County offices.
“There has been a little bit of a COVID outbreak at the courthouse here this last week,” Fallon County Commissioner Steve Baldwin said Tuesday. “We have four active cases coming out of the building. We have the mask mandate back on, at least for the employees. For the public, they can do what they want to do.”
Baldwin credits that he was undergoing a medical procedure at the time people were exposed for missing it.
Steve Zachmann, the mayor of the City of Baker, said that in the clerk and recorders office they are wearing masks. “They are just asking the public to wear masks as they come in. We are leaving it up to the public.”
According to the Fallon County Health Department, masks are currently recommended. “Please remember to wear your mask, wash your hands and social distance,” the department posted on Facebook.
According to the department statistics, 285 people have recovered in the county and no one is currently hospitalized.
Since the pandemic hit the county, there have been two fatalities and 291 total cases.
The department was monitoring 14 contacts as of Monday.
As of March 29, the department had one positive case, before dropping to zero before the most recent cases.
In November, the county had reported a high of 80 positive cases.
The county health department is also coordinating COVID vaccination clinics for both Fallon and Carter counties.
On the county health department’s Facebook page, people were asked to “Please be safe and call Fallon County Health Department at 778-2824 with any questions or concerns.”
The spike in cases is also happening in other locations around the state. As of Monday, Gallatin County reported 37 new cases, Cascade County reported 36 new COVID-19 cases and Yellowstone County had 29 new cases.
Since the pandemic began, the state has had 110,107 reported cases of the Coronavirus, with a total of 1,593 fatalities. A total of 107,486 people were reported as recovered.