Ravalli County has three new COVID-19 cases as of Monday afternoon, August 10. Information Officer Joseph Hopkins reported a woman in her 70s, and two men in their 40s tested positive. Of the 11 active cases in the county, two are hospitalized. If you have questions, call 375-6672, Ravalli County Public Health. Statewide, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services reported over 200 new positive tests over the weekend.
Elsewhere, Senator Jon Tester is introducing a bill to help law officials stop scammers from taking advantage of Montanans during the COVID-19 outbreak. “Stopping COVID Scams Act of 2020” will allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the attorneys general of each state to levy civil penalties for fradulent goods and services related to COVID-19 and scams involving testing and treatment, unemployment benefits and economic impact payments. In a news release, the FTC reported more than 130,000 consumer complaints and a national loss of about $90 million from COVID-19 releated fraud. Online, Google has also noted over 18 million COVID-19 malware and phishing emails just in April alone. Tester’s bill will be considered by the U.S. Senate.
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