The number of new cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in Gallatin County since late September. According to case numbers and hospitalizations, Gallatin County is experiencing the most rapid transmission of the virus since the pandemic began back in March.

The map below shows the daily case count for Gallatin County, and provides a timeline showing the number of cases throughout the county since the beginning of March. According to the most recent data, the majority of the spread is happening within the 20-29 age group.

Gallatin City County Health Department

Needless to say, things aren't heading in the right direction for Gallatin County. The number of new cases have made it increasingly difficult for local health officials to keep up. Those that get tested for COVID-19 are having to wait longer for results, sometimes more than seven days.

In a recent press conference, Gallatin County Health Officer Matt Kelley said the situation was "dire."

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, and prevent our small businesses from shutting down again, we all need to do our part.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by taking the steps listed below, we can help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County.