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As of press time Monday, March 30, there were two confirmed Toole County deaths from COVID-19. Bev Rogers, 79, the Toole County patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 25, died at Northern Rockies Medical Center on Saturday, March 28. The name of the second person who died had not been released as of press time.

Toole County Health Department officials notified Marias Medical Center (MMC) and Marias Heritage Center (MHC) on March 26 that additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed positive, and includes employees of the MHC facility. 

This situation also exposed others to COVID-19. Officials expect that there could be other positives. But no other information was available at press time.

As of the latest update available at press time, there were 177 confirmed cases in Montana, including six in Toole County. Four people have died from COVID-19 in Montana according to the latest update.

The following information was released by the Toole County Health Department:

The appropriate detailed surveillance, interventions and containment strategies are under way and appropriate steps are being 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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