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Marias Medical Center (MMC) announced today, March 26, a Toole County resident was confirmed positive for COVID-19. 

“Marias Heritage Center (MHC) learned on March 26, 2020, that one of the residents of the facility, who was not currently in the building, has tested positive for COVID-19. Once we became aware of this situation we immediately took action to further protect residents and employees.”

Northern Rockies Medical Center released information shortly before 9 p.m. on March 25 that a patient who is an out-of-county resident tested positive for COVID-19.

MMC’s release continued, “Marias Medical Center and Marias Heritage Center are working with Toole County Health and State Department of Health and Human Services. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines. MMC and MHC will continue to provide updates as this situation evolves.”

Knowing COVID-19 has officially arrived in our area is scary, but there are things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and to help curb the spread. Everyone is encouraged to take this situation very seriously and to do what they can to help keep themselves, and others, from contracting and spreading the virus.

First and foremost, wash your hands, frequently and well. If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. When washing your hands be sure to scrub with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

One of the best, but perhaps the hardest step for many to take, is social distancing. If you can stay home, do! Social distancing means keeping reasonable space between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick. Avoid large crowds and gatherings. Most, if not all, events have been cancelled or postponed at this time. 

Currently there is no visitation allowed at either the Marias Care Center or Marias Heritage Center. There are no visitors allowed for patients in Marias Medical Center, with the exception being parents of a child under the age of 18, end of life situations and essential caregivers. The hospital entrances are limited to the Emergency Room entrance and all coming into the building will be screened at the ER entrance.

People are encouraged to avoid going anywhere that offers another option for taking care of business. Use drive-ups when possible.

Limit your trips to the grocery store and gas stations. Follow any procedures or temporary regulations being requested of the facility, as they are put in place not only to protect employees, but you!

Another protective measure, clean and disinfect any frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend cleaning and disinfecting tables, tablets, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water before disinfecting.

If you do experience symptoms of being sick, fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory illness symptoms call your medical provider for further instructions.

To get this under control and curb the spread it takes everyone’s cooperation. Be a part of the solution by not contributing to the spread.

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