Virus patient who sought care in Lewis & Clark County lives in Broadwater County
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Virus patient who sought care in Lewis & Clark County lives in Broadwater County

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health earlier this month shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. 

Public health officials say a presumptive positive coronavirus patient who sought medical care in Lewis and Clark County will be isolated in his home in Broadwater County for 14 days. 

"We have interviewed the COVID-19 patient reported to be from Lewis and Clark County and learned that the man actually lives in Broadwater County," Lewis and Clark Public Health announced on Facebook late Friday. "The confusion occurred because he sought medical care and was tested in Lewis and Clark County. We apologize for any concern this caused and we wish the gentleman a speedy recovery."

"Presumptive positive" means the person has tested positive for the virus, but the state's results have not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The man in his 50s will be asked to provide a list of people he has been in contact with during the last 14 days, Lewis and Clark Public Health spokeswoman Gayle Shirley said. Those people will then be notified that they might have been exposed to the virus.

Officials do not know where the man contracted the virus, Shirley said, but it appears to be associated with domestic travel. He is not being hospitalized. 

“We will contact Broadwater County and they will take the lead,” Shirley said, but Lewis and Clark County will continue to help with the case. 

Broadwater County's public health officials could not be reached in time for this story. 

The Broadwater County man is one of four people in Montana to test presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus Friday. The other cases include a man in Gallatin County in his 40s, a woman in Yellowstone County in her 50s, and a man in Butte-Silver Bow County in his 50s.

Two more Montana residents, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s, tested presumptive positive Saturday. Both of those patients live in Missoula County. 

Another coronavirus case assigned to Montana involves a 70-year-old woman who lives part-time in Lake County and has not been in the state since November. The case was diagnosed in Maryland. 

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The cases include a man in Gallatin County in his 40s, a woman in Yellowstone County in her 50s, a man in Butte-Silver Bow County in his 50s, and a man in Lewis and Clark County in his 50s. The tests were conducted at the state public health laboratory.

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