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Articles with the Tag: lake county public health department

Monkeypox arrives in Lake County Monkeypox arrives in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY — Public health officials announced last week that a Lake County adult has a probable case of monkeypox – the third diagnosed in Montana. The first case was reported in early August in Flathead County, followed by a second in Gallatin County. As of last Friday, the Centers for Disease...

Omicron cases rise, personal story shared Omicron cases rise, personal story shared

LAKE COUNTY — As of Friday, Jan. 28, I have the dubious distinction of becoming a statistic: one of approximately 233 active COVID cases in Lake County, and 15,713 statewide. I’m also a fully vaccinated and boosterized person who was still susceptible to an infection that “broke through&rdq...

DPHHS lists Lake County days/hours of at-home rapid test distribution

News from DPHHS Polson: Lake County Public Health, 802 Main Street Suite A, Tuesday 9–11 a.m. and Thursday 2–4 p.m. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes  Arlee: Arlee Tribal Community Center, 34086 Pow Wow Rd., email:,  Days/Hours of At-Ho...

Vaping education lowers teen usage Vaping education lowers teen usage

As e-cigarette use, or vaping, has grown in popularity among Montana’s young, a stream of misinformation has caused some to deviate more than they might have realized.  According to Lake County Public Health, an increase in public awareness, especially in schools, is what’s needed to comb...

COVID cases rise, new bills restrict response measures COVID cases rise, new bills restrict response measures

Two bills passed by the 2021 Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte make it even more challenging for public health officials to address the current upswing in COVID cases, accelerated by the highly contagious Delta variant.  House Bill 257 limits the ability of health boards or schoo...

COVID-19 related hospitalizations reported

News from the Montana DPHHS MONTANA — State health officials said the trend of hospitalizations in Montana connected to unvaccinated COVID-19 patients has remained constant over the past several months. Specifically, Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Adam Meier said that C...

COVID-19 vaccination experience shared COVID-19 vaccination experience shared

When the staff at Providence St. Joseph called last Wednesday to schedule my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was surprised at the tears that popped into my eyes. After all, it’s been 11 months of masking up and keeping my distance from all but a handful of friends and family members. Is the end o...

New Public Health Officer shares information on vaccines New Public Health Officer shares information on vaccines

Dr. Megan Vigil, who was recently appointed by the Lake County Commissioners as the county’s new Public Health Officer, says she wasn’t particularly focused on the coronavirus pandemic when she applied for the post.  “I just thought it’d be cool to be involved in public health...

COVID-19 numbers surge in Lake County

Lake County has posted its highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began last spring. As of Sunday, the county posted 179 active cases, up 25 from Friday, with two deaths since the pandemic began.  The uptick mirrors an increase in coronavirus infections across the state that has many hea...

Lake County residents test positive for COVID-19

LAKE COUNTY – The Mission Valley was not immune to the COVID-19 virus. On March 26, the Lake County Public Health Department reported the first case. Another person was identified on Saturday and a third on Sunday.  “We put up a good, hard fight, but we now join many other counties in our...


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