2nd COVID-19 case reported in Stillwater County

Sentinel testing at long-term care, assisted living facilities reveal no positive tests
Thursday, June 11, 2020
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A second positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Stillwater County.

The new case involves a male between the ages of 10 and 19 who contracted the virus out-of-state.

“This is a travel–related case,” said Stillwater Community Health Nurse Natasha Sailer. The patient is “doing well”

The patient is “doing well” and is under quarantine at home, with others who have been in close contact.

It is Stillwater County’s second COVID-19 case. The first involved a man in his 50s who contracted the virus in another county. That patient has since recovered.

Also released early this week was the news that Sentinel testing conducted at both long-term care and assisted living facilities in Columbus yielded no positive COVID-19 results.

The testing — also called Sentinel Surveillance — involves testing a group of the population that is not displaying any symptoms to see if there are any cases that are not being caught due to a lack of symptoms. Then random samples are done later on those same groups to see if there have been any changes.

Governor Steve Bullock has ordered such testing be conducted at long-term care and assisted living facilities, as those house some of the most vulnerable public.

“Sentinel Surveillance has been completed for Stillwater County in accordance to the governors phased reopening and testing tiers,” said Sailer. “Both long-term and assisted living facilities will continue to participate in screening at the direction of Gov. Bullock.”

Sailer also offers the following comments regarding the continued reopening of the state:

“As we have just reached Phase 2 in the re-Opening of the Big Sky in relation to COVID-19, this is a time to remember to be vigilant in continuing our efforts to combat this virus, encouraging safety for all individuals and especially our vulnerable populations,” said Sailer.

The continued vigilant practice of hand-washing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, refraining from touching your face, and staying at home when sick are being heavily promoted by healthcare officials.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, June 10, Montana had 561 total confirmed COVID-19 cases — 487 of which had recovered, according to the governor’s task force. Fifty-six cases were classified as active, with seven active hospitalizations and eight new cases. There have been 18 deaths.