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Butte-Silver Bow reports three more COVID-19 cases, urges all residents to get tested

Butte-Silver Bow reports three more COVID-19 cases, urges all residents to get tested

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Butte-Silver Bow reported three more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, prompting Health Officer Karen Sullivan to urge that all county residents get tested.

The new cases involve a male in his teens and two men in their 20s. All are isolated at home.

This brings the total cases in Butte-Silver Bow to 23 since the county reported its first coronavirus case in mid-March. 

While investigations into the three new cases are ongoing, all have been linked to previously confirmed cases in the county. Therefore, Sullivan said, there is not yet community spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Still, Sullivan is now strongly advising all Butte-Silver Bow residents to get tested.

Community-wide drive-thru testing is available this week through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the Butte Plaza Mall. The community testing is for asymptomatic individuals.

Those with symptoms are asked to seek testing at Southwest Montana Community Health Center but must call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Meanwhile, people with severe symptoms are asked to seek emergency medical care immediately.

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Kristine de Leon is a reporter for the Montana Standard, her focus in on natural resource stories.

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