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2 new coronavirus cases reported in Montana, with 1 in Yellowstone County

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Posted at 7:48 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 21:48:19-04

Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Monday two new positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana.

One case is a Yellowstone County woman in her 20s.

The other case is a Missoula County man in his 20s.

The tests, conducted by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory, were confirmed Monday evening. State and local public health laboratories are no longer required to send “presumptive positive” samples to CDC for confirmation. From now on, respiratory samples positive for SARS-CoV2 in a state and public-health laboratory will be considered “positive” with no need for further testing.

These positive tests bring the number of coronavirus cases in Montana up to eight. Two have been reported in Yellowstone County.

DPHHS and the local county health departments are immediately following up to learn more details about the two individual’s exposure risk, travel history, and to identify and communicate with anyone who may have been in close contact with the patients.

This is the extent of the information on the two patients at this time.

All patients will be isolated or quarantined pursuant to public health guidelines. Those who came into close contact with the individuals will be monitored for 14 days for fever and respiratory symptoms per CDC guidance.

The number of tests performed are updated daily here: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt [dphhs.mt.gov]