COVID Cases Soaring Across Hi-Line

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Health Department says they are seeing a large increase in COVID-19 cases associated with people who have attended social gatherings in the last two weeks.

A press release says any size social gathering can provide a situation where COVID-19 and other illnesses can spread.

They are advising community members to watch for signs and symptoms of illness. If you do become symptomatic, please call your primary care provider or any other testing location to schedule yourself a test.

If you are symptomatic and unable to receive a test, please stay home until you have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Testing is available by calling Northern Montana Health Care Flu Clinic  (262-1570) or Family Medical Center (265-5408), Bullhook Community Health Center (395-6941), Rocky Boy Health Center (355-4460 or 355-4481), or Gary and Leo’s IGA Pharmacy (265-1229) and scheduling an appointment. MSU-Northern (265-3599)and local school districts including Havre Public Schools (390-2210), St. Jude’s Thaddeus School (265-4613), North Star (Jr/Sr High in Rudyard: 355-4460; Elementary in Gildford: 376-3183; No appointments necessary Mondays from 7-9:30 AM in Rudyard) are arranging testing for staff, students, and household members.

Blaine County reported 20 new cases on Thursday, with as many as 18 new COVID-19 cases coming from the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Hill County reported 21 new cases on Thursday and one new hospitalization. As many as nine of the new cases were from positive tests reported by the Rocky Boy Health Center.

Because of privacy concerns, Health Departments are unable to confirm how many of the new cases Reservations are confirming are from a specific county.

Liberty County reported an active case count of 29 as of Thursday, with people showing common symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and runny nose.

Local officials and health experts are urging people to stay home if experiencing any potential symptoms in order to help slow the rapid spread of the virus.

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