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Montana woman traveling diagnosed with COVID-19

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 15:13:28-04

UPDATE 2:00 P.M.: Maryland officials to speak about novel coronavirus outbreak in the state. Gov. Larry Hogan's office announced Wednesday that a Montana woman had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.


ORIGINAL STORY: Maryland's Governor's Office says a Montanan visiting that state has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

According to a news release from the Office of Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Dept. of Health has notified Montana health officials and Gov. Hogan has contacted Gov. Steve Bullock.

Officials say that the woman is in her 70's and was visiting Maryland's Anne Arundel County. She had previously been in close contact with a confirmed case.

She was tested at an Anne Arundel County hospital.

The release also notes that while this case was diagnosed in Maryland, it will be classified as a Montana case and that this particular case will be investigated by the Maryland and Anne Arundel County Health Departments.

The woman has not been identified and it is unclear where exactly in Montana she is from.

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services website there are still no identified COVID-19 cases in the state. Public health officials have monitored 30 people and tested 21. All 21 people tested have been clear of the virus.

This is a developing story, we will update you when we know more.