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Two new Butte COVID-19 cases related to travel; first in Butte since March 28
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Two new Butte COVID-19 cases related to travel; first in Butte since March 28

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Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Butte-Silver Bow, according to the county’s Health Department.

The cases are represented by one male and one female, both in their 20s.

Health Officer Karen Sullivan said that both Butte-Silver Bow residents traveled out of state and returned with symptoms. Both individuals sought testing and quarantined.

An investigation to determine contacts of the two individuals is under way. Close contacts of the individuals are being notified by the Health Department, and the department will work with those contacts on next steps.

The cases are the first in Butte-Silver Bow since the county saw its last confirmed case March 28.

With cases rising in Montana, Sullivan advised Butte-Silver Bow residents to take simple precautions, such as social distancing and wearing a mask when appropriate physical distance is not possible.

Community-wide testing for COVID-19 is occurring in Butte-Silver Bow, at the Butte Plaza Mall (in front of the former Herberger’s store) Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All who are asymptomatic are welcomed. Sullivan said 2,224 people have been tested to date in Butte.

Those who have symptoms are asked to seek testing at Southwest Montana Community Health Center, 445 Centennial Ave., in Butte. Symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Those who are experiencing more severe symptoms are asked to seek emergency medical care immediately. These symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.

The state reported Montana added 37 new laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday, the largest single-day rise reported to date. (See A1)

The previous peak was 35 cases on March 26, about two weeks after Montana's first cases.

The number of cases added daily as been climbing over the last couple of weeks as the state opens up more.

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