Flathead Valley health professionals preparing for coronavirus

KALISPELL — Officials in Washington State reported Monday that four more people have died from the coronavirus bringing the state’s death toll to six and as the cases continue to add up, Flathead County officials are taking pre-preemptive measures to help contain a potential outbreak.

Kalispell Regional Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Nelson says the hospital has been meeting daily with the Flathead City-County Health Department and local health professionals as they prepare for — and montior — the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Nelson said the hospital has initiated a screening process for potential coronavirus patients in area clinics and the hospital’s emergency room.