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Montana National Guard Provides Sweet Memorial Nursing Home with Covid-19 Support as Positive Cases Rise


November 11, 2020

Sweet Memorial Nursing Home Administrator Rebecca Shackelford and Montana Army National Guard Sergent First Class John Zillner. Four National Guard members were recently sent to assist the nursing home following a dramatic number of positive Covid-19 tests in staff and residents.

On Friday afternoon, October 23, the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home received notice of their first positive Covid-19 test. The situation grew expeditiously with numbers of positive tests rising exponentially. As of press time, 15 staff members have tested positive and 21 residents in addition to four resident Covid-19 deaths.

On Friday, October 30, Sweet Memorial Nursing Home Administrator Rebecca Shackelford reached out to Haley Velk of the Blaine County Department of Emergency Services to see what kind of assistance was available.

"I ask (Haley) if she had a way to put out a request for help...

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