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Custer County completes 2 days of COVID-19 testing

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 12:30:49-04

Custer County had a big turnout during its two day-testing period this weekend.

More than 1,400 came out for tests on Friday and Saturday, after the county saw several positive cases this week.

"We really didn't know what to anticipate whether people were going to want to be tested or not want to be tested," said Branden Stevens, Incident Commander for the Custer County/Miles City Unified Health Command and chief of the Miles City Fire Department. "But people have really shown up to get tested. It's a double edged sword because you don't necessarily want COVID-19 in your community. But it's better to know if it is here. We have had some cases identified in the last week. Just with that, I feel that there are going to be more positives with testing. But we're hoping that we can identify just those and get those people quarantined as well."

The Montana National Guard brought test kits and helped with the testing at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds.