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Closure to protect the vulnerable

"We want to make sure our loved ones can still have meaningful conversations with others."

Madison County’s nursing homes have been closed to visitors in attempt to protect their patients.

When a coronavirus case was confirmed in Montana, the county closed the doors to its two nursing homes. Staff and service providers will continue to be screened at the door at the facilities.

Anyone who has traveled to areas where there is community spread in the last 14 days, will not be allowed in the building. Personnel showing symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, or with a temperature greater than 100.3 will be turned away.

According to Melissa Brummel, Madison County’s Infectious Control Officer, Madison Valley Manor and the Tobacco Root Mountain Care Center are keeping their patients updated and families have been contacted. Patients will communicate with the outside world electronically until further notice.

“We want to make sure our loved ones can still have meaningful conversations with others,” Brummel said.

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