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(Editor’s Note: We are awaiting further details on the number of additional positive cases and will update this article once that information is received.)

The Toole County Health Department on Friday, March 26, notified Marias Medical Center (MMC) and Marias Heritage Center (MHC) that additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed positive, and includes employees of the MHC facility. This situation also exposed others to COVID-19 and, as such, we expect that there could be other positives. 

The appropriate detailed surveillance, interventions and containment strategies are under way and appropriate steps will be taken. As a reminder and as a part of our investigation, anyone who meets the surveillance criteria for contact with these employees will be notified by the Toole County Health Department. 

MMC and MHC continue to work closely with Toole County Health Department, Toole County Board of Health, and the State Department of Health and Human Services (DPPHS) regarding potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Community members are reminded that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is through preventive measures including: Washing hands thoroughly and often. Covering your cough. Avoiding touching your face. Staying home if you’re sick. Follow the Montana’s Stay at Home Directive. 

MMC Hospital Incident Command will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and will keep you updated as this situation evolves.

Effective immediately, all elective services are cancelled and only urgent or emergency outpatient radiology, respiratory therapy and lab are available. The other safeguards previously in place remain in place, including no Heritage Center visitation, no visitors allowed in MMC, with the exception being for parents of a child under the age of 18 and the hospital entrances being limited to the emergency room entrance. Everyone coming into the building will be screened at the ER entrance.

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, or other respiratory illness symptoms please put on a mask and sanitize your hands before entering the hospital and call (406) 434-3209.

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