The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jennifer Davenport
SCL Health Chief Medical Officer 

OpEd: What You Can Do to Help Stop the Spread of the Delta Variant


August 11, 2021

I am pretty sure we all agree that we want life to get back to normal already. So, it pains me to tell you that COVID-19 cases in our community of Butte and our surrounding areas are rising. Subsequently, COVID hospitalizations are increasing and the healthcare community anticipates this trend to continue. The Delta variant is now becoming the dominant strain in Montana.

This is bad news on many levels. For one, this variant is more contagious. People who have been infected with the Delta variant, even those who have no symptoms, carry more than 1,000 times the viral load in their noses th...

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