Date: July, 14th 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Big Timber, MT- Sweet Grass County Health Department has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in a Sweet Grass county resident. The man, in his 80’s, has been instructed to remain isolated until he is fully recovered. It is unknown at this time how the individual contracted the virus. The health department will release no other identifying information about the patient to protect his privacy in keeping with federal law.
After interviewing this individual, it has been determined that he has had limited contacts in the previous two weeks prior to becoming ill. Anyone who is a direct contact will get a phone call from Sweet Grass County Health Department with instructions on how to proceed.
The incubation period for the virus that causes COVID-19 is 14 days. That means someone exposed to the virus is likely to get sick within two weeks, if at all. We hope residents will continue to practice good personal hygiene and distance themselves socially to prevent the spread of the disease now that it is officially in the county.
More information about COVID-19 can be found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.