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Gov. Bullock holds a press call for COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 16:43:33-04

HELENA — Governor Steve Bullock hosted a press call on Saturday to provide an update on the four individual cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Montana who tested presumptive positive Friday evening.

There are four positive cases in the counties of Gallatin, Yellowstone, Silver Bow, and Broadwater and according to the call, the four patients who acquired the virus had either been out of state and had traveled internationally.

  • The Gallatin County patient is a male in their 40s who is recovering at home
  • The Yellowstone County patient is a female in their 50s who is recovering at home
  • The Silver Bow County patient is a male in their 50s who is recovering at home
  • The Broadway County patient is a male in their 50s who sought care in Lewis and Clark County.

Gov. Bullock and Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force lead Adjutant General Matthew Quinn also provided the following updates on additional response efforts:

  • The state lab is performing testing and disclosing results today and will be performing testing 7 days a week starting Monday.
  • Montana’s state of emergency has been amended to align the effective timeframe with the federal state of emergency announced by the President. This means that our state’s emergency response will be in effect so long as federal authorities believe there is a continuing threat.
  • Starting Monday, the Task Force is standing up a State Emergency Coordination Center – a multi-disciplinary team that will report directly to General Quinn and will be on full-time duty to bolster response efforts. The team will be located at Fort Harrison in a centralized location.