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The Unified Health Command (UHC) has recommended that visitors to area healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care and assisted living facilities, be temporarily restricted.
Butte, MT – The Unified Health Command (UHC), comprised of the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow, the Butte-Silver Bow Healthcare Coalition partners, and St. James Healthcare, has recommended that visitors to area healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care and assisted living facilities, be temporarily restricted.
Voluntary visitor restrictions apply to:
“The restrictions are part of an effort to prevent and control the spread of respiratory diseases in our community,” said Karen Sullivan, Butte-Silver Bow health officer. To date, there are NO CASES of the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Montana, but the flu season continues and the community can take steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases.
Voluntary visiting restrictions to healthcare facilities will continue until there is a decline in overall cases of flu and other respiratory diseases in Montana. In addition, healthcare facilities may limit the number of visitors and the length of visits to patients and residents in those facilities. These measures will help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff.
Healthy visitors to healthcare facilities should follow these guidelines:
In addition to visitor restrictions to area healthcare facilities, the UHC reminds everyone to keep in mind everyday preventive actions:
As this situation evolves, the public can find accurate and timely information on COVID-19 through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, www.cdc.gov/COVID19, as well as through the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department at 406.497.5008.
The CDC offers specific guidance for long-term care facilities, schools, faith-based organizations and others about preparing for disease outbreak.