(KPAX) Ravalli County Public Health reported on Tuesday that six of the nine pending tests have been confirmed by the state lab as positive for COVID-19.

There are still three tests pending connected to this investigation.

The individuals are all male. Four of the cases are in the 10-20 age range with the other two in their 60’s. These seven new cases are being classified as a cluster outbreak, meaning they were all together. The seventh case was confirmed over the weekend for a man between the age of 50 and 60.

In total, Ravalli County has now seen 12 positive cases, seven of which are active.

Early investigation indicates that travel plays a role. The first case is currently hospitalized while the other six are isolated at home. Ravalli County Public Health continues to investigate and to date have placed over 30 identified contacts in quarantine.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Citizens are encouraged to be vigilant in their hygiene practice by Ravalli County Public Health. Frequent hand washing and physical distancing remain your best defense.