Sweet Grass County Health Department has identified a positive case of COVID-19 that was a result of the drive-through testing that was held on July 9th. This individual has been notified and is now considered a recovered case. The case is a female in her 20’s and believes she was exposed to someone that tested positive who was not from Sweet Grass County. Other than fatigue, she had no other symptoms. At this time, no other cases in Sweet Grass County have resulted from this case.
During the planning of, and the actual drive through testing event, is when the Montana State laboratory became very backed up with their testing. Because of this they had to send the asymptomatic tests to an alternate laboratory, knowing that this would take longer than normal. These tests were not a top priority, and it was explained during the event that the results could possibly take up to 3 weeks to get back. Results started coming back on 7/27, and they have been coming back steadily throughout the week.
Please know that this is something we had no control over. We do realize that it is not the ideal way, but as we parade through this new pandemic, we are learning something new every day. Please be kind to one another, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you are having symptoms of COVID-19.
With this new case it brings Sweet Grass County to having a total of 5 cases. Four have recovered and there has been one death. There are currently 0 active cases.