This week’s cluster of eight COVID-19 infections in Ravalli County involved employees of the luxurious Stock Farm Club, Steve Buck, the club’s general manager and CEO, said in a news release Friday afternoon.
Seven of the employees remained isolated Friday, while a worker hospitalized was expected to be released in quarantine, he said.
Awareness of the cluster began with Sunday’s announcement from the Ravalli County Public Health Department that a man aged 50 to 60 had been hospitalized and that a rapid-response test had indicated coronavirus. Nine others were tested as a result. The State Lab confirmed the man’s test results Monday, and on Tuesday, Ravalli County announced another six cases.
Public Health Director Karyn Johnston said at the time it was believed the man initially tested trapped COVID-19 while traveling outside the county.
“When an employee was not feeling well, we immediately notified Ravalli County Health Department for guidance and closed Stock Farm,” Buck said. He said many of those involved had worked for Stock Farm for more than 20 years.
“The safety of our employees, our members and residents and our community is our top priority,” Buck said in Friday’s news release. “We are very grateful for the immediate and thorough response from our county health personnel. This virus can be caught anywhere and by anyone, and we urge everyone to follow the Ravalli County Health Department and CDC guidelines. “He said the Stock Farm Club has breached all Montana directives and safety protocols from their initial activation.