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Eight cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ravalli County, Montana, this week all arose when one employee at a Hamilton, Montana, resort apparently became infected on a trip abroad, returned to work and infected seven of his fellow employees.

That man, between 50 and 60 years old, fell ill, and was hospitalized and found to have COVID-19. Several of those he had been in contact with and seven, all fellow employees of the Stock Farm Club, tested positive.

“When one employee wasn’t feeling well, we immediately notified the Ravalli County Health Department for guidance and closed the Stock Farm Club,” Stock Farm Club manager and CEO Steve Buck said in a press release. “The safety of our employees, our members and residents, and our community is our top priority. We are very thankful for the immediate and thorough response of our County’s healthcare professionals. This virus can be caught anywhere and by anyone and we urge everyone to follow Ravalli County Health Department and CDC guidelines."

All those tested are in isolation as a precaution, and the original patient has been released from the hospital and remains in isolation as well. 

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