Blaine County confirms three new COVID cases, Hill County two more
July 17, 2020
Havre Daily News staff
Blaine County Health Department Thursday confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 in the county, with Hill County Health Department confirming two more, with all of the new cases in both counties identified by contact tracing.
Chouteau County reported Thrusday that quarantines of contacts with a case from out of the county have been completed.
The first case in Blaine County was confirmed Sunday. The new cases bring the total in the county to four, all active cases.
The total in Hill County as of Thursday night was 24 cases, 21 active and three recovered.
Rocky Boy Health Center said Thursday afternoon it has identified a total of 15 cases, which are included in the Hill County total.
Contact tracing is being conducted on all positive cases found.
Chouteau County Health Department confirmed testing a positive case July 10, saying the person was not a county resident and had traveled to the area from out of state.
A post by the department Thursday said the contacts in the county had completed quarantine.
Chouteau County has not listed confirmed cases of county residents.
Health and state officials are urging people to do their part to prevent the spread of the disease, staying home if they don’t need to be out, keeping at least six feet away from other people when possible, frequently washing their hands and sanitizing and disinfecting frequently used surfaces.
Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Wednesday mandating people wear masks or cloth face coverings when in indoor public places including.
The directive is available online at a link on http://mt.gov, or directly at https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/Documents/NewsLetters/MaskDirective.pdf .