Hill County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The 60-year-old man who tested positive has been instructed to isolate himself at home until he’s fully recovered, according to a press release from the Joint Information Center, a collection of representatives from local health organizations.
The man was “more than likely” infected during out-of-state-travel, according to the Hill County Health Department.
Public health nurses will talk to the man and find out where he’s been in the past two weeks and who he’s had contact with.
Fourteen people have been tested in Hill County, Health Department Director Kim Larson said.
The incubation period for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, is 14 days. That means someone who’s been exposed to the virus is likely to get sick within two weeks, “if at all,” according to the release.
“We hope residents will continue to practice good personal hygiene and distance themselves socially to help prevent the spread of the disease now that it’s officially here in the county,” the release said.
As of Tuesday, Montana had a total of 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19, not counting the one in Hill County.
There are more than 60,000 confirmed cases in the United States and more than 460,000 around the world. Over 113,000 who have been infected across the globe have recovered. Nearly 21,000 have died.
This story has been updated.
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