Update on coronavirus cases reported in Montana

Posted at 4:46 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 18:46:28-04

In a press call Saturday, Gov. Steve Bullock gave an update on the four individuals in Montana who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Two of the cases — a Gallatin County man in his 40s and a Yellowstone County woman in her 50s — contracted the virus through international travel.

The two other cases, involving a Silver Bow County man in his 50s and a Broadwater County man in his 50s, acquired the illness "domestically in affected areas out of state."

All four individuals are recovering at home, the Governor's Office said in a press release.

The press release also detailed the following response efforts, as explained by Gov. Bullock and Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force lead Adjutant General Matthew Quinn:

  • 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.