Butte’s New Epidemiologist Talks Horror Movies, Heritage and the Pandemic | Local
Yet Amanda is a horror junkie, not a horror snob.
“There are times when I want a stupid monster and buckets of blood,” she said. “But the great horror is everything in the story.”
October is at the heart of Amanda’s story, and not just for slasher movies.
A year ago, in October, the virus cases suddenly got out of hand and the people of Butte started dying from COVID for the first time. The devastating October paved the way for COVID mitigation mandates in November.
Like so much in healthcare these days, dealing with the pandemic really is Amanda’s only job right now.
In October, cases climb again. It’s different this time. Some warrants are no longer authorized. But this go-around, Butte-Silver Bow is a leader among the state with 64% of its eligible population vaccinated.
And now Amanda is in the Butte office, hired as part of a state effort to provide counties with their own epidemiologists – something people in the Department of Health have been eagerly awaiting for some time.
Amanda gets the real numbers straight from real patients.
“We’ve had this problem throughout the pandemic of what’s real data and what’s not. Part of my motivation is this desire to get real information for people and to be able to interpret what that means. To say, here are those numbers, this is what they say, “she said.