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Montana posted 196 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 early Thursday, with Cascade and Glacier counties adding nine reports.

Chouteau and Hill counties added three and Liberty and Toole counties each had one, according to the state’s website, covid19.mt.gov.

The state is using this promotion to remind people to wear a mask. (Photo: STATE OF MONTANA)

Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday announced outbreak response protocols to help kindergarten through 12th grade schools as they deal with COVID-19 cases.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, this plan includes information on COVID-19 symptoms, “when to call for emergency care, determining close contacts, when to quarantine, isolate, and recommend testing, and when to allow students and staff to return to school.”

It includes advice on when to involve local public health