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New COVID-19 case in Ravalli County confirmed
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New COVID-19 case in Ravalli County confirmed

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) — also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 — isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab.

The Montana State Lab on Monday confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in Ravalli County.

Ravalli County Public Health is waiting for State Lab results on nine more tests, said Dixie Dies, Ravalli County COVID-19 information officer.

The initial positive came Monday afternoon after a positive result from a "rapid test" given Sunday on a person with COVID-19 symptoms. That result was sent to the State Lab for confirmation.

According to Director of Public Health Karyn Johnston, a man between the ages of 50 and 60 was admitted to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital through the Emergency Department on Sunday and is in isolation.

Johnston said Ravalli County Public Health believes the man caught COVID-19 while traveling outside the county.

The Ravalli County COVID-19 incident command team held its last meeting last week and officially suspended its formal response, having only five cases in the county, all travel-related and all recovered. On Sunday, the Ravalli County Covid-19 Incident Management Team said the man's identified contacts are in quarantine.

Dies said she did not know if the nine additional tests were related to that case.

Johnston confirmed that Dr. Carol Calderwood is still the medical officer in charge.

Johnston said her advice to the community is to “still keep social distancing, keep wearing masks, keep doing good hand-washing and sanitation.”

“It’s still out there,” she said. “People act like just because things are open they can go back to what it was before but you can’t.”

Johnston said  those in high-risk groups, such as the elderly or people with underlying medical conditions, or people who are not feeling well should continue to shelter in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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