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The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department announces three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county.
The cases are represented by a male in his 20’s, a male in his 70’s, and a female in her 60’s. All are isolated at home. Investigations into the three cases are under way, with individuals who’ve had close contact with the confirmed cases being contacted by the Health Department, and potentially quarantined.
Butte-Silver Bow’s first confirmed case was announced March 13. The newly confirmed cases bring the total of cases in Butte-Silver Bow to 18.
“The virus is in our community,” Butte-Silver Bow Health Officer Karen Sullivan said. “Given that reality, I ask that everyone, for the absolute sake of their families and friends, to exercise extreme caution when out in the community.” Sullivan reminded county residents to practice physical distancing and mask-wearing.
Sullivan said her cautionary advice is very important, on the eve of Independence Day celebrations in Butte, including the annual July 3 fireworks display at Big Butte. “Please enjoy the show with your family, but avoid congregate gatherings,” she said.
Community-wide testing for COVID-19 will continue next week at the Butte Plaza Mall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9. The community-wide testing is offered to individuals who are asymptomatic.
Those with symptoms are asked to seek testing at Southwest Montana Community Health Center, 445 Centennial Ave. in Butte. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, and 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.
More severe symptoms include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face. Those with these more severe symptoms are asked to seek emergency medical care immediately.
For more information, contact Karen Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 406-497-5003