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Montana resident visiting Maryland contracts coronavirus

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A Montana woman visiting Maryland tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Maryland Gov. Harry Logan’s office released on Wednesday. Health department officials in Maryland and Anne Arundel County are investigating the case, but the Center for Disease Control is still classifying it as a Montana case, Hogan’s office stated

“Once we became aware of this case, we acted swiftly to coordinate with officials both here in Anne Arundel County and in Montana,” Hogan stated. “I continue to urge Marylanders to stay informed, and follow the guidance we have issued. We want to emphasize that if you are concerned about symptoms, please call your healthcare provider. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.”

According to the Maryland Department of Health, there are now nine individuals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Maryland. Hogan’s office stated that the Montana resident, in her 70s, was tested for the virus at Anne Arundel County Hospital in Annapolis. Officials confirmed she’d recently been in contact with another individual who had contracted the virus.  

In a press release, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock stated, “Public health officials are working closely with Maryland to confirm case details on when this individual was last in Montana. We are committed to providing Montanans with accurate and transparent information and will be working around the clock to ensure that those details will be provided as soon as possible.”

According to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montana. The Montana DPHHS and Maryland officials are working together to investigate the patient’s travel history, Bullock stated.