Bullock confirms two coronavirus cases in Missoula County

Tests will be sent the CDC for confirmation
Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 21:12:29-04

MISSOULA — Two new preemptively positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19 have been identified in Missoula County and those tests have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation, according to a release from the governor's office.

The first patient is a female in her 30s from Missoula County, the second is a male in his 50s from Missoula County.

COVID-19 tests are analyzed at the state public health lab, then sent to the Centers for Disease Control for confirmation.

"The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and the Missoula City-County Health Department 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," the release states.

Gov. Steve Bullock said in a press conference Saturday the state will start testing seven days a week starting Monday.

As of Friday, 107 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Montana.

Bullock said 51 COVID-19 tests were ran by the state as of Saturday.

The state has about 850 test kits now and expects to get more from the Centers for Disease control as it needs them.

The state has set up a hotline and a website to learn more about COVID-19 testing, quarantine procedures.

Call 1-888-333-0461 to have your questions answered or visit the state's website by clicking here.

RiverStone Health has also set up a phone line for questions at 406-651-6415, it also has information on its website here.

The Centers for Disease Control has a site with COVID-19 information that can be found here.

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