Governor orders 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in Montana

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 30, 2020

Gov.Steve Bullock on Monday afternoon directed that travelers arriving from another state or country to Montana for non-work-related purposes undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

The directive follows the governor’s prior travel advisory and last week’s "Stay at Home" directive.

In a news release, Bullock said the directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes. It requires a self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of a non-work trip to Montana—whichever is shorter. It also instructs the Montana Department of Commerce to advise vacation listing and rental sites that they must notify potential out-of-state renters about the quarantine requirement. Health care workers are excluded from the directive.

In addition, the directive authorizes the Montana National Guard to conduct temperature checks at Montana airports and rail stations and screen for potential exposure history for travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country.

As of Monday evening (March 30), there are now 177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Montana, and four deaths.

The first death was 77-year old Lincoln County resident Jim Tomlin, whose death was reported on Friday . On Sunday afternoon, public health officials confirmed the death of a Madison County resident who had tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday, officials in Toole County confirmed two deaths attributed to COVID-19.