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People enter Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in this March 2020 file photo.

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Public health officials in Gallatin County believe the four cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in the area on Saturday were contracted locally, and are again stressing the precautions people should take to slow the spread of the disease.

Two more cases were confirmed in the county Sunday evening and those two patients were exposed to the virus outside of Montana, according to a press release. Gallatin County now has 10 cases of the virus, the most in the state.

The four patients who tested positive Saturday had no known travel history, exposure to someone who traveled or exposure to known COVID-19 cases, according to a news release from the Gallatin City-County Health Department. They are in isolation with mild symptoms, and close contacts of the patients are also quarantined.

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Shaylee Ragar can be reached at sragar@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2607.

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