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Montana Commissioner of Higher Education tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 23:48:34-04

The Montana University System said in a press release Saturday night that Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

Following is the press release:
HELENA – The Commissioner of Higher Education, Clayton Christian, tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. Commissioner Christian was tested in Missoula County and received test results Saturday evening from the state lab.

“As a public official who interacts with many people on a day-to-day basis, it’s absolutely critical that I share these results and notify those I have come in contact with,” said Commissioner Christian. “I’m thankful to local public health as they work diligently to notify the people I came into contact with and make sure they have accurate information to prevent further spread.”
Commissioner Christian is in isolation recovering at home.

It is suspected at this time that Commissioner Christian’s exposure occurred at the Board of Regents meeting in Dillon, Montana on Thursday, March 5.