First Two Cases of Coronavirus Reported in Missoula County
According to a press release from Helena, just before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Governor Steve Bullock confirmed two presumptively positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Missoula County, Montana.
- The Missoula County patient is a female in their 30s
- The Missoula County patient is a male in their 50s
The tests, conducted by the DPHHS Public Health Laboratory, were confirmed Saturday evening. As is current standard, test results are considered presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
DPHHS 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.
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