Butte-Silver Bow Health Department confirms four active COVID-19 cases

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 18:33:37-04

The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department said Tuesday it is investigating two new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, bringing the number of active cases to four.

The Health Department said in a Facebook post the two individuals—a man in his 50s and a man in his 60s—were each symptomatic and sought care.

The man in his 50s was reported on Saturday; the Health Department said it was notified about the man in his 60s on Monday.

Both men are isolated and Butte-Silver Bow is notifying and following up with close contacts.

The Health Department also reported more information about the two cases confirmed last Thursday: a man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s.

“The department determined that both of those cases were related to travel outside of Montana, with the individuals experiencing symptoms and seeking care upon return to the state,” the Health Department said on Facebook.

Health Officer Karen Sullivan urged Butte-Silver Bow residents to follow precautions including social distancing and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.

Butte-Silver Bow’s cumulative COVID-19 case number now stands at 15, with 11 recovered.

The Health Department announced that community-wide asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 will commence as of July 6 in the westside parking lot of the Butte Plaza Mall.

All asymptomatic individuals can be tested Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting.

The Health Department asks symptomatic individuals to be tested at Southwest Montana Community Health Center, 445 Centennial Ave. in Butte.

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms should seek emergency medical care at St. James Healthcare.