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Four more positive coronavirus cases confirmed in Montana

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Posted at 7:51 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 23:27:29-04

Updated, 9:27 p.m. MDT, March 19, 2020

Gov. Steve Bullock has confirmed four more cases of COVID-19 in Montana, according to a press release from the Governor's Office:

  • The Yellowstone County patient is a female in their 20s.
  • The Yellowstone County patient is a male in their 20s.
  • The Yellowstone County patient is a male in their 20s.
  • The Roosevelt County patient is a female in their 70s, acquired through international travel.

The Governor's Office did not provide any further information about the four cases, but said DPHHS and the local county health departments are working urgently to learn more details about the four individual’s exposure risk, travel history, and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

This case brings Montana’s total number of cases to 15.

The press release said all confirmed patients will be isolated or quarantined pursuant to public health guidelines, and anyone who came into close contact with them will be monitored for 14 days per CDC guidance.

As of Thursday night (March 19) there are 15 confirmed COVID-19 patients in the state of Montana. Here is the publicly-released information about them:

  • Yellowstone County (5): woman in her 50s; two women in their 20s; two men in their 20s
  • Missoula County (4): man in his 50s, woman in her 30s; man in his 20s; man in his 50s
  • Gallatin County (3): man in his 40s; man in his 20s; man in his 60s
  • Butte-Silver Bow County: man in his 50s
  • Broadwater County: man in his 50s
  • Roosevelt County: woman in her 70s
  • There is also a Montana woman diagnosed with COVID-19 who is a part-time Lake County resident; she is currently in Maryland with no documented exposures or close contacts in Montana, and was not tested in Montana. She was tested and diagnosed in Maryland, where she currently is residing.

As of March 19, the public health lab in Helena has completed 947 tests for coronavirus (COVID-19).

DPHHS updates the number of tests performed daily, along with confirmed cases, at this website: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt