Health officer says he’ll issue new restrictions if COVID infections don’t slow in Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton said Monday he will increase restrictions on businesses, churches and group gatherings at the end of October if COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise countywide.

Felton said in a news conference that health officials are monitoring one key metric: the daily rate of infections per 100,000 residents.

Restrictions will increase if one of two things happens: the rate of infections in the last week of October rises above 40- which equals 452 total for the week- or if the rate in any week of October rises above 50, or a total of 565, according to Felton.