Person being tested for novel coronavirus in Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. - A person with travel history in mainland China is being evaluated at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for an illness.

Health officials have placed the individual in isolation to prevent cases of novel coronavirus, according to the Gallatin City-County Health Department.

The individual has not been diagnosed with coronavirus at this time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend isolation as a precautionary measure. The Gallatin City-County Health Department stated that there is a very low risk of coronavirus exposure to anyone in Gallatin County.

“This is not unexpected. We have many people from our community traveling the world, and we have been preparing for this situation,” said Matt Kelley, Health Officer with Gallatin City-County Health Department.

In Montana, local and state public health officials have worked with 10-to-15 individuals who have travel history in China, and they do not have any current symptoms of concern.